Noble said there was a likelihood clubs such as the Lions would need to spend time on the road playing three or four games over a shorter period to squeeze the season into whatever time remains in 2020.
With so much uncertainty, clubs are planning for all sorts of eventualities. The Lions were forced to stand down 90 per cent of their staff last week due to the loss of revenue.
Noble said he was hopeful the JobKeeper Program announced on Monday would support staff who would be stood down and they could re-employ them when the game resumes.
“We would be really hopeful of bringing all our people back … whether or not that becomes a reality, we don’t know and we have been honest will our staff in that regard. We just don’t know at this point in time,” Noble said.
“It is going to look different but what that looks like is really unsure.”
Clubs are yet to determine how playing contracts will be managed in 2020 and beyond.
Noble said his first priority was to see the club’s staff looked after and issues surrounding players would be dealt with in negotiations between the AFL and the AFLPA.
“It’s not saying that the players are not a priority but if the money is not in the game then we can’t honour those contracts, can we? That is going to be a financial equation we are going to have to work out. How that looks, I don’t know,” Noble said.
“It would be nice if we could bring everyone back at the same level, at the same rate, but I am not sure that is really going to be where the game is going to land.”
In football news Stefan Martin’s knee injury will need rehabilitation for seven to eight weeks with players authorised to receive treatment offsite, while Charlie Cameron’s toe injury was not serious and he would have played in round two if football had been played as scheduled.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.