Spending under review

NORTH East football officials have hosed down reports AFL Victoria will make it mandatory for all leagues across the state to introduce a form of spending equalisation by 2016.

It was reported over the weekend that country football’s governing body would make it compulsory for all leagues to have some form of equalisation measure in place by the start of the 2016 season.

North East Border regional manager John O’Donohue said while things could pan out that way, the date certainly wasn’t set in stone.

“That would be assuming that all goes to plan,” O’Donohue said.

“It could happen, but it’s pretty presumptuous.

“There is still a lot of things that need to be looked at.

“There is a long way to go.”

It appears all but certain some form of trial — consisting of a player points system and/or salary cap — will be introduced across the state next season.

O’Donohue said that how those trials went, if they happened, would dictate when a prospective system would be enforced on a full-time basis.

“There’s no point setting 2016 as the date if the things that are trialled don’t work as planned,” he said.

Ovens and Murray boss Aaron McGlynn said he was not aware of any official date.

“We certainly haven’t received any directives yet,” McGlynn said.

“We’re still working through the process.

“As far as I’m aware, they’re still taking submissions.”

AFL Victoria is conducting a statewide survey on the escalation of player payments, with findings set to be released in the coming weeks.

The Ovens and Murray is considered to be one of the biggest spending competitions in the state.