THERE’S a growing possibility that Victorian clubs will need to relocate at some point to keep the 2020 AFL season alive, and Steven May doesn’t have a problem with that.
The Dees’ key defender is willing to do whatever it takes to complete all 17 games, but won’t hold any grudges if his teammates can’t do the same.
“From my point of view, I don’t have kids or anything like that, so I don’t really have those challenges in front of me,” May said.
“I’m just sort of prepared to get the season going and get as many games as we can in – we’ve got the AFL and the governments all working together to find out the best practice for that.
“But certainly, I can’t speak for every player who’s had kids or in a tough situation at home and say that they have to come. I’m sure everyone has their own reasons.”
While the likelihood of Melbourne joining a hub seems to be increasing, the Demons are unaware at this stage of any major moves.
“I’m just a player at the moment, I don’t really know what’s going on,” May said.
“I don’t know what meetings are happening right now.
“There’s going to be a small amount who can’t for whatever reason and we’ve just got to respect that. It’s a strange season so [that will] just be expected.”
It’s not going to be easy for a lot of players and staff to pack up their lives and move interstate indefinitely, and May understands some individual situations will have to take priority.
“I’m not in a position to tell people who can and can’t go, what’s important to them and what’s not,” he said.
“It might not just be kids, they might have sick family members, it could be all sorts of reasons.
“There’s a range of reasons and I can’t sit here and say, ‘That’s not good enough, you’ve got to come in the hub.’
“And that’s not just in the hub, during the season players miss games with personal issues and leave – it’s just one of those, although it’s a bit more highlighted this year.
“I can’t speak for those players, and if some of my teammates were strongly against, or really felt like they needed to stay home for whatever reason, I would support that.”