Carlton veteran Ed Curnow doesn't want footballers to be treated as heroes for their move to hubs, but says there is a sense of duty in what they're doing to keep the season rolling.
Carlton's Ed Curnow is wrapped up by Jack Billings and Jack Steele.Credit:Getty Images
Curnow, 30, opted to keep his young family at home in Victoria during his time away and believes players feel a sense of responsibility to the game to simply do their job, because they're lucky enough they can during the pandemic.
“The playing group is also really excited to play footy. That’s our job. There’s a certain feeling of duty to the game," the midfielder said ahead of the Blues clash with the Western Bulldogs on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
“It’s pretty fun, there’s been a lot of carry on. Yesterday we were throwing the tennis ball at each other in the pool … a lot of table tennis.
“It’s been enjoyable. Ask me in a couple weeks, I might change my answer," he joked.
He said players were making a sacrifice but should not be criticised for acknowledging there were difficulties in their situation despite the fortune they have in other areas.
“The environment at the moment with the pandemic worldwide and everyone has their own issues in life … to judge a group of players broadly is just unfair," he said.
“We never really know what is going on is someone’s life and I think right now it’s best to have some empathy and support.
“A lot of the guys are just really aware that us making this sacrifice to come away as a group and ‘hub up’ to keep the game going is benefiting I suppose the industry as a whole."
The Blues are much improved in 2020 but have only managed two wins. They come up against a rampant Bulldogs side on Sunday that have won three games on the trot in impressive fashion.