Veterans could be squeezed out of the AFL

Justin Chadwick
The AFL future of West Coast forward Josh Kennedy beyond this year remains uncertain

West Coast forward Josh Kennedy concedes there may not be room for him on the club's roster next year even if he wants to continue his AFL career.

The AFL landscape has changed dramatically in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with the league initiating brutal cost-cutting measures in a bid to stay financially viable.

Players have already agreed to pay cuts, while staff at league headquarters and at individual clubs have either been let go or placed on unpaid leave.

The competition has been put on hold until at least May 31 and there's no guarantees another game will be played this year.

Kennedy is in the final stage of his decorated career and there was a chance the 32-year-old would have retired at the end of this season anyway.

But if the shortened - or abandoned - season leaves Kennedy fresh and wanting to play on in 2021 he's not sure if there will be room for him, given the AFL may drastically cut list sizes next year to reduce costs.

"Who knows where the industry is going," Kennedy told Perth radio station 6PR.

"There's been a lot of cuts this year in terms of jobs and money.

"The years after are going to be hard to get it back up to where the AFL was.

"They might cut list sizes.

"All those things will come in (to my decision) and it just depends where the football club sees me and a lot of the guys in that situation.

"But for now we can't think about it, that's way too far ahead.

"We are just trying to make sure we stay healthy and do the right thing by what the government is saying."

Veteran players at other AFL clubs could find themselves in the same position as Kennedy.