“I know the AFL’s looking at getting the season up and running again in multiple ways and there’s some pretty creative ways. I’m sure they’ve floated that option, [but] whether it gets to that or not I’m not too sure.
“I’m sure some players would be more open to it than others but we just have to wait and see if it actually gets to that point.”
The Swans are treating the AFL’s recess as an off-season from a fitness point of view, with players encouraged to keep active but “de-load” their bodies in the expectation things will ramp up in the coming weeks, Parker said.
The AFL is due to inform clubs of its plan to resume the 2020 campaign by the end of April, but Parker said the circumstances had left players in an uncomfortable holding pattern.
“It’s just a hard thing not knowing when we’re starting,” Parker said. “You want to kind of peak your fitness and it’s going to be hard to keep at your absolute max fitness for 12 weeks not knowing when the season’s starting.
“Obviously it’s difficult times for everyone at this moment to keep that camaraderie with the boys and the whole team but we’re doing what we can to keep everyone engaged.
“We’ve still had a few football meetings, reviewing the first game and we’ve tested a few things out and it’s gone pretty well so far. The main thing for us is to continue to check in with each other.”
Parker has found ways to distract himself – he has been working on a home renovation project which has given his day some routine, while he and former Swans stars Kieren Jack and Nick Smith have been pitching in with Craig Foster’s Play For Lives campaign, helping the former Socceroo and SBS analyst pack food boxes at a community centre in Marrickville.
“We’ve got a lot of spare time on our hands and I was happy to put my hand up and help out, and what [Foster has] created is an incredible thing,” Parker said.
“It’s making sure we’re still helping out people in less fortunate situations … they’re asking all sportsmen around Australia to help out with their communities and it will continue to grow and grow. It’s a great concept.”
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.