AFL Victoria has given the strongest indication yet equalisation in the form of salary caps and player points systems will be “fully implemented” in 2016.
The AFL Victoria player payments working group will present its recommendations at the annual leagues conference on October 22 at Healesville.
It is shaping as a landmark gathering in the drive to curb player payments and make the state’s leagues more even.
The Ovens and Murray is one of the biggest spenders with its 10 clubs outlaying about $2.5million paying players.
AFL Victoria general manager Steven Reaper said all city and country leagues would be represented at the conference.
“A major agenda item will be implementation of a statewide set of guidelines to address the rising costs of player payments and the impact this has on clubs’ sustainability,” he said.
“Leagues will have a chance to provide feedback on the guidelines before they are most likely trialled without enforcement in 2015 with a view to full implementation in 2016.”
As part of its investigation, the working group has conducted an online survey to ascertain how much money clubs spend.
“More than 430 clubs responded to a survey on the issue, with their responses providing the basis of the working party’s proposed guidelines,” Reaper said.
The lopsided nature of the OandM prompted the formation of an action group of former coaches, players and administrators — Peter Tossol, Tim Sanson, Nic Conway, Jon Henry, Fred Longmire and Adrian Villella — during the season.
Tossol yesterday said the group would watch the October 22 announcement with interest.
“The important thing is this whole push doesn’t get bogged down in bureaucracy and red tape which can easily happen,” he said.
“We trust AFL Victoria will lead strongly on this and the best interests of all clubs across the state are served.
“The two key things from our point of view are every club believes it has a chance to compete as well as survive.
“A rigorous player points system is central to that aim.”
AFL North-East Border regional manager John O’Donohue has been part of the player payments group.
One of the major agenda items at the conference will be implementation of a statewide set of guidelines to address the rising costs … STEVEN REAPER
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