AFLCV regional manager Paul Hamilton.AFL Central Victoria has opened dialogue with its leagues on what potential points system models they would be best suited to.
Paul Hamilton – the AFLCV regional manager – is one of the members of an AFL Victoria working party that has been looking into the issue of increasing player payments at local level across the state.
It has been stated measures, such as a potential points system, will be officially brought in across Victoria next year, with clubs having the chance to trial how they would be impacted this season.
The football season is now under way, but trial models this year in the Bendigo, Heathcote District, Loddon Valley and North Central leagues still appear a way off.
Hamilton says while there’s an “appetite” for change among clubs, developing multi-pronged models for the leagues is continuing to prove a complicated process.
“It’s an incredibly complicated area… the more and more you delve into it, the more complicated it becomes,” Hamilton said.
“But the great thing is there is an appetite out there at club land.
“Many years ago there was a salary cap brought in and it didn’t work. A, there wasn’t an appetite for it and B, it was unrealistic what was put in place and it couldn’t be policed.
“This time around, it’s about club equalisation and trying to build sustainable competitions. There’s not much point having a competition if you’ve only got a couple of clubs that are really good and others battling to survive.
“So it’s about equalisation, and also trying to find ways to control some of the problems we have, particularly in player movement between clubs.
“We’ve just started talks with the leagues on some models to trial during this season. They won’t mean anything this year, but it’s just to have a look at what are some of the things we can do that will assist in the equalisation process.
“You’re always going to have clubs that are good and clubs that aren’t so good, and that’s never going to change, but what we want is leagues into the future that are competitive and have sustainable clubs.
“But the good thing about it is we’ve got probably 90 per cent of clubs saying, we want to trial things to reduce player movement andcontrol player payments.”
Hamilton says the AFLCV consultation process with the leagues and clubs will take place over “the next few months”.
“We need to talk to the leagues first to get their ideas, and then to the clubs. Then over the course of the year we’ll develop some models and see what it looks like and what the effect on leagues and clubs will be,” Hamilton said.
“The whole thing is about assisting clubs and building sustainability. We don’t want to see any unintended consequences of bringing in the system that haven’t been thought of, so that’s why there will be a period of trial.
“I would still suggest there will be something in 2016.”
Examples of player points systems that have been used in Gippsland have been based aroundpopulation to help clubs in smaller communities, as well as ladder positions to assist struggling clubs.
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