An agent for the Australian Football Women's League says he's extremely disappointed at comments made by Peter Leahy, in which the Mayo ladies manager said footballers will have to decide whether to commit fully to their county or to the AFLW going forward.

The Mayo boss told Midwest Radio's Sunday Sports Show that "there's a time you should put your county first".

Currently players can do both, with the AFLW campaign running from late October until the Grand Final in April before returning home for the tail end of league and championship, but Peter Leahy said players must pick one or the other for 2021.

AFLW agent and CrossCoders co-founder Jason Hill has described this as "quite an underhand tactic".

Speaking to The42 from Australia, he said his initial reaction was one of extreme disappointment, and doesn't believe this conversation should have been played out in the media - he says he would rather Mr Leahy dealt directly with the players, or with the clubs in Australia.

The AFLW agent says the players shouldn't have to make this decision, and no one is forcing them to, apart from the Mayo manager.

Mr Hill says these girls have put over 20 years into living the dream of playing football for their county and have done everything that's been asked of them.

He said "now that they've developed themselves - with the help of their counties and clubs- into elite athletes, to be then questioned about their commitment and loyalty when they've worked their hardest just doesn't sit right with me or the CrossCoders as an organisation - to limit opportunities for these girls when there's no real reason for them to be limited".

Jason Hill also questioned the timing of Peter Leahy's announcement, when no one knows when Gaelic football is coming back.

 

 

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