It's fast-approaching D-Day in the AFLW CBA dispute that threatens to boil-over into a public relations disaster for the AFL, only weeks after a record-breaking Grand Final.
The dispute concerns issues raised over a new collective bargaining agreement, with a supposedly "small" contingent of AFLW stars resorting to lawyers in the hopes of securing a better deal.
AAP reported two days ago that there was little transparency over the current arrangements, which seek to expand upon an already ratified deal agreed to last year, for 'pay increases of 21, 10 and 11 per cent year-on-year'.
"If I were a player I'd be voting no because I wouldn't want to vote for something I hadn't seen," senior associate at Maurice Blackburn, Jacinta Lewin, told AAP.
"I wouldn't be voting for anything where there hadn't been really clear and transparent outlines of what I'm actually getting.
"'What am I getting in my pocket? What does the season look like going forward? Where is the certainty around the game?'
"This is really a classic example of inadequate consultation and not listening to the players' representatives.
"If it's a no vote then that's a very clear message that the AFLPA needs to listen to their players and they will really need to do some soul searching about they are going to better represent the AFLW players going forward."
In response the AFL player's association, which "is passionate about instilling a sense of integrity and belonging, and showcasing its members as people first and athletes second" was quick to publicly back the AFL's CBA agreement.
"The proposed AFLW CBA has been provided to all players and is now open for player vote," the AFLPA statement said.
"We know that many players strongly support the proposed deal because it addresses player priorities and provides sustainable growth.
"The unknown players represented by Maurice Blackburn and the lawyers on record don't represent the views of the collective playing group.
"We are concerned about the advice being given to the players and the potential negative impact this will have on the playing group and the AFLW competition."
The body, which is formed for the purpose of representing the players' best interests, is eager for the deal so pre-season for the female competition can begin next month.
Part of the issue may be that the AFLW wants an increase from eight rounds, as originally listed in the CBA, to 10.
It's currently unclear how substantial the divide between the AFLPA and a portion of the AFLW players is.