Questions remain on AFL-listed players
Questions remain on AFL-listed players

The WAFL Council of Presidents is considering asking the WA Football Commission to impose conditions on Peel and East Perth that would limit the number of AFL-listed players they could play in any one game under new AFL club partnerships.

The West Australian understands the proposal is one of nine listed concerns to be compiled last night, after the seven unaligned club presidents and chief executives met at Medibank Stadium yesterday morning.

The meeting also resolved to tell the WAFC that clubs had lost confidence in the commission's senior administration and football affairs committee, which includes Brett Fullarton, Neil Randall, Murray McHenry and Larry Kickett.

A statement from the meeting was received last night by The West Australian which accused the WAFC of a lack of integrity, absence of due process and a lack of respect shown to the WAFL.

"Due process has clearly not been followed and we now question the lack of transparency, accountability and openness in the decision making of the WAFL," a statement attributed to Council of Presidents chairman Haydn Raitt said.

The list of concerns was expected to come to "eight or nine" and a limit on the number of AFL players in any one game was one request under consideration.

The presidents want more details on how many salary cap points the aligned clubs would be allowed, what transfer fees would be imposed for players who wanted to leave East Perth and Peel, an increase to the $450,000 annual partnering fee per club for West Coast and Fremantle and information on how Peel and East Perth were picked as the aligned clubs.

Clubs are also certain to ask that WAFL clubs receive transfer fees for rookie-listed players drafted locally. Those fees have not been paid until the players were primarily listed because the rookies have remained available to play with their club of origin.

"In addition, the COP has lost confidence in the senior administration of the WAFC, including the football affairs committee," the statement said.

Former WAFL coaching rivals Ken Judge and Gerard Neesham have varying thoughts on how strong the aligned clubs will be.

Judge fears Peel and East Perth will become too strong, while Neesham is concerned the arrangements won't work.

"It concerns me what it is going to do to the club that I am interested in which is East Fremantle," Judge said.

Neesham labelled the situation tough for all.

"I just think that it's a very difficult situation for everyone," he said. "I can understand fully the AFL clubs wanting to have a host club or their own players all playing together. I don't think it's proven to be very successful but hopefully this time it will be."

The West Australian

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