AFL hero Pickett forced to apply for financial aid
Richmond has confirmed that premiership hero Marlion Pickett has applied for financial assistance from an AFL players' hardship fund.
The 28-year-old is reportedly receiving about $3000 a month from his current one-year deal after the AFL's reduction of player payments during the coronavirus crisis.
Pickett, who made his debut in last year's Grand Final, has four children under the age of nine and is the family's sole breadwinner.
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Last month, Pickett's manager Anthony Van Der Wielen told Herald Sun chief football writer Mark Robinson that low-end players in the AFL had been crippled by the salary squeeze.
Van Der Wielen said that while Pickett's legacy moment - the blind turn in the Grand Final - is being used to promote the return of the multimillion-dollar industry, his client is barely keeping his head above water.
"You can't turn on a television at the moment without seeing Marlion's image,'' Van Der Wielen said.
"Marlion's handled it better than anyone else I know would've handled it and that's because he's come from fairly humble beginnings and he doesn't want or need for a lot,'' Van Der Wielen said.
"He's more worried about everybody else and how they're going than how's he going. That's Marlion's way.
"I've been involved with Marlion at South Fremantle and that's the way he is. He's as tough as they come. He'll get through. He and his family will get through, don't ask me how, but they will.''
Last night a Go Fund Me page was set up to support the star with a target to raise $50,000.
"Let's help out a man and his family who gave us so much joy in a tough time," fundraiser creator Matt Weiss wrote.
Originally published as Tigers hero Pickett forced to apply for financial aid