Dwayne Russell says an AFL player strike is 'more likely than not'

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Patrick Dangerfield has been talking tough.

Patrick Dangerfield has been talking tough. Photo: Pat Scala

Dwayne Russell believes an AFL player strike is more likely than not.

As tensions escalate between the AFL and the players over the upcoming pay deal, the AFL Players Association refuses to take a players' strike off the table.

Patrick Dangerfield said on Friday a strike was "a chance" and that the players felt disrespected by the league.

And Dwayne says the players could boycott parts of the new pre-season competition.

"The new JLT community comp is in danger of not having a first round," he said on Sports Today.

"The players don't actually need three pre-season games. They'll make do with two."

Dwayne said the AFL needs the comp much more than the players or fans do.

"I think a strike is more likely than not," he said.

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