Manly Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake spoke to the media in a face mask as he weighed into talk of possible pay cuts for NRL players.
The NRL is planning to continue its season despite the coronavirus pandemic, with round two scheduled to be played behind closed doors.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Fonua-Blake wore a face mask, saying it was a precautionary move.
“I don’t want to get sick and I don’t want to get anyone else sick if I got it,” he said.
Fonua-Blake added: “I just rocked up today with it, a few boys had a laugh but won’t be laughing if you get sick.”
Fonua-Blake backed NRL chiefs to make the right decision regarding the season, with play scheduled to continue.
Our Rd 2 match this Saturday against the @sydneyroosters has been relocated to Leichhardt Oval
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) March 16, 2020
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said on Monday players could face pay cuts, although admitted it would be an “extraordinary measure”.
Fonua-Blake, 24, believes such a move would be unfair on players.
“I feel as though if you sign a contract and a contract says you’ll be paid X amount, you’re owed X amount whether you play or not,” he said.
“It might be a bit unfair on older players that maybe took a pay cut or younger players coming through that aren’t on as much money as certain players that have to pay bills and pay rent and stuff like that.
“I feel like if you sign an agreement the agreement should be met by both parties. If you’re fully fit and you’re able to play you should be getting paid.
“The outcome of what’s happened is unfortunate but as long as you’re still meeting your requirements within your contract I reckon you should still be getting what’s owed to you.”
Manly suffered a loss to the Melbourne Storm in the opening round and are scheduled to face the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.