AFLW star Bruton willing to join hub if needed in 2021

Jenna Bruton. Picture: Getty Images.
Jenna Bruton. Picture: Getty Images.

Jenna Bruton admits she'd make the sacrifice and move into a quarantine hub if the AFLW competition was forced to do so next season.

The Herald Sun reported this week that elite female footballers had been canvassed by the AFL Players' Association, which has sought feedback on a range of issues facing the women's game.

One of the key talking points is whether or not the AFLW will follow in the footsteps of the men's game and have players in hubs during 2021.

There is clearly some issues for the AFLW, with many players working or studying while playing football.

"It would be pretty hard just because all of the girls pretty much have day-to-day jobs," Bruton said.

"It would be pretty hard for girls and probably the same with me (because) I'm caring for Mum at the moment so it would be hard to go into a hub. And you don't know how long you're going to be away for.

"But I'd be able to manage it and probably get someone to help take care of Mum while I'm gone.

"I'm not sure if it will come to that, but hopefully it doesn't."

Bruton was drafted to the Western Bulldogs in 2017 and won a premiership in her first AFLW season in 2018. After that, she signed with expansion team North Melbourne.

The 24-year-old f=won the club's inaugural best and fairest award in 2019 and also gained All Australian selection. Bruton was part of the North Melbourne side in 2020 before the season was abandoned in March during finals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has maintained a level of training through the lockdown period in hometown Trentham with her partner and fellow Kangaroos footballer Jasmine Garner.

Bruton said she felt her family would want her to continue playing the game she loved, even if it meant moving away for a period of time. And the drive of wanting to win a premiership with the Kangaroos also burns bright.

"(Mum) can't wait until the season starts," she said.

Bruton has recently committed to another deal with North Melbourne which will see her in blue and white until at least the end of 2022.

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