I listened to the interview too @caesar
. He said two clubs are in huge trouble and then proceeded to launch into us as you described. Said we had managed player safety badly during 80s 90s and early 00s. He expects to have up to 300 ex players joining the class action.
Everyone just hopping on the bandwagon hoping for a lotto win payout. Wait until the players see what they have to go through to get 1c. It will take years to resolve, significant money (100s of thousands) and their health records will be public for all to see including their current and potential future employers.
Many will drop off.
Unless you've got a real impairment that can be proven to be the result of playing AFL then they are very little chance of getting anything. If any of these players played football before or after their AFL careers, then the conjecture as to when the impairment occurred will be such that it can't be proved. The onus of proof will be on the Plantiff (the players)
The AFL may settle and give them nominal payouts but if it goes to court, they've got bugger all chance. The lawyer on SEN is just trying to suck more players in to beef up his fee's and maybe pressure the AFL and Richmond via the media. If they had a good case and it was a decent lawyer, they wouldn't be saying anything publicly.
The AFL and clubs have deep pockets and are realistically not at risk, however, if it gains traction then community and amateur clubs will be gone. They won't be able to get or afford liability insurance and that will effectively be the end of the game as an amateur sport.