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AFL players want wage deal soon: Crow

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Steve Larkin

Adelaide midfielder Rory Atkins says there's a sense of solidarity among players who want a wage dispute with the AFL settled as soon as possible.

The AFL Players' Association and the AFL are at loggerheads over a new wage deal, with players seeking a percentage-based share of football revenue.

"They (negotiations) have stretched out a bit and we all hope something gets done in the near future," Atkins told reporters on Monday.

The AFL is offering a wage increase of about 10 per cent in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement but players are pushing for a set percentage of revenue.

A meeting in Torquay last week between the players' association and league officials failed to find a resolution, with players flagging strike action as a last resort should the impasse continue.

"Hopefully it gets done in the near future so it doesn't get to that point," Atkins said of strike action, which has been mooted for the pre-season competition rather than premiership season.

"If it does, I'm behind what all the players want to do.

"We're completely behind everything that they (the association) are doing. They are doing it for us and we're backing everything that they're doing."

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