The West Australian Football Commission and the self-titled "G7" non-aligned clubs have edged closer to resolving differences over alignments between West Coast and East Perth, and Fremantle and Peel, after fresh talks yesterday.
Although neither WAFC chairman Frank Cooper nor G7 spokesman Haydn Raitt would divulge details until the fresh proposal is presented to all clubs, both were positive that the talks will help address some of the issues of concern.
The G7 clubs had demanded immediate talks with the WAFC after a midweek meeting in which they were represented by Raitt and Claremont chief executive Todd Shimmon.
_The West Australian _ understands that the progress centred on the financial package for the seven unaligned clubs.
In its original proposal, the WAFC offered to increase grants to each of the seven unaligned clubs from $425,000 to $525,000, with a further $350,000 to go towards a development fund.
That would give an extra $150,000 to each non-aligned club.
East Perth and Peel were to receive $350,000 each.
But the G7 clubs demanded a compensation package of $170,000 extra each, and cuts to the aligned clubs' grants to $275,000 each.
_The West Australian _ understands the overall value of the financial package to the seven unaligned clubs will not increase.
Raitt would not comment on proposal details until he had discussed them with fellow clubs on Monday but was confident talks had headed in the right direction.
Meanwhile, Swan Districts are confident young star Dayle Garlett will stay with the club in 2013 after being overlooked in the AFL draft, resisting offers to join VFL clubs Bendigo and Sandringham.
Swans football director Phil Smart said Garlett had given him a firm indication he was staying and had trained strongly with the league squad in the past fortnight.
He had also done extra sessions with senior coach Greg Harding and with the colts squad in an indication he was determined to fight his way back into AFL draft contention, Smart said.