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‘You should be grateful to have the opportunity to play AFL’ – Former Swans champion

Former Swans champion Ryan O’Keefe and 1985 Brownlow medalist Brad Hardie are sick of players announcing where they want to return to, saying ‘it is a privilege, not a right to be a player in this league’.

“I think the gratitude of players today is just gone, you should be grateful to have an opportunity to play anywhere, at any of the 18 clubs” O’Keefe told Macquarie Sports Radio Melbourne breakfast. 

O’Keefe couldn’t believe the lack of respect that is going around the league at the moment and says there are players more deserving of playing in the AFL.

“There are players out there, willing to play anywhere. If you are going to be a professional athlete you have to be willing to travel, you should be grateful to have the opportunity to play AFL.”

O’Keefe, a 286 game, 2x premiership player with Sydney, nearly got traded to Hawthorn in 2011, against his own will, before staying at the Swans and winning a Norm Smith medal in 2012, says he was relieved he stayed a one club player and a premiership player for his beloved Swans.

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