Group Nine clubs have rejected a second push to have a player points system introduced.
The highly contentious system, aimed at restricting the number of players recruited by clubs, was a topic of much discussion at a general meeting on Thursday night.
The concept was put off the agenda for more discussion in the future late in 2015 and the majority of clubs remain unconvinced of the merits.
However, the gap is closing with five of the 11 clubs voting for system introduced by Bidgee regional manager David Skinner.
Group Nine operations manager Peter Ryan said they discussion was lengthy.
“It got defeated in a close vote,” Ryan said.
Ryan expects a proposal over player movements between Group Nine clubs will be introduced at the annual general meeting later this year.
Meanwhile, there was very little discussion about the move to a Saturday night grand final at the meeting.
It was the first official discussion of the change between the Group Nine board and the clubs, but Ryan said the change was well received.
It is the opposite view to a number of players, including Southcity captain-coach Nick Skinner, and goes against polling by The Daily Advertiser, where 83 per cent of respondents want to game to be played at 3pm.
The draft draw of the 2018 season was also unveiled the meeting.
After the conjecture over Tumut and Gundagai only playing once this season, the two teams will have both home and away fixtures.