Footy cap coming

Savoys’ Impressive Run: Arron Redman takes on a number of Wangaratta City defenders in the first half of the La Fiera Cup match at Myrtleford on Sunday. The Savoys won the grudge match 2-0 to displace the Red Devils from the top of the AWFA table. Full report page 21.

LOYALTY will be the number one asset clubs can have in 2016 under the proposed combined players points system and salary cap initiative.

That’s the message shining through a 40-page document from AFL Victoria which outlines the intricate details of a proposed player points system and the necessary accompanying salary cap to be introduced across Victoria in 2016.

At a meeting at the Wangaratta Club on Monday night, local club representatives were given the chance to clarify sections of the draft proposal with AFL North East Border regional general manager John O’Donohue as it moves through the initial testing phase with local leagues.

Some 30 club representatives were in attendance and identified allocation of points, current player contracts and league-wide regulation as their main concerns.

In preparing for the proposal, 369 Victorian clubs with senior teams were surveyed and 83 per cent indicated a system of regulation needed to be adopted to manage ‘escalating player payments’.

The research also indicated that 37 per cent of clubs were paying less than $50,000 in player fees in 2011.

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