The AFL has granted clubs total player payments (TPP) relief for AFL and AFLW players who retired before the end of their "Standard Playing Contract subject to recommendation from the AFL Concussion Panel".

Amid ongoing discussions surrounding player payments following the premature retirements of Melbourne's Angus Brayshaw, Collingwood's Nathan Murphy and Western Bulldogs' Aiden O'Driscoll to concussion.

For players affected, there are two key features - the ability to gradually pay the negotiated financial settlement with the player throughout the contract and also maximum thresholds of salary cap relief within three years following the retirement.

The breakdown can be explained by (provided by the AFL):

TPP Relief for AFL players

In summary, for AFL players there are two features of the TPP relief provided for in the Guidelines:

  1. The ability to amortise the negotiated financial settlement with the player throughout the Standard Playing Contract in alignment with the contracted payment terms.
  2. Maximum thresholds of TPP relief in the three years following the year of retirement:
  • In the year immediately following the year of the retirement (Year 1) - Max Threshold: 90%
  • In the second year following the year of the retirement (Year 2), Year 2 Max Threshold: 75%
  • In the third year following the year of the retirement (Year 3), Year 3 Max Threshold: 50%

The AFL stipulates that no relief will be given beyond three years in regards to TPP commitments, with clubs urged to factor that into their contract negotiation with players.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Angus Brayshaw of the Demons looks on during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 02, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The AFL Commission approved the issuing of the guidelines, with the League also announcing the TPP relief for AFLW players in the event they retire due to concussion.

"In the usual course, where an AFLW player is no longer able to play due to injury, the retiring player receives their contractual payments, but payments made to the replacement player are not assessable in the club's TPP. However, under the provisions of the CBA and AFLW list rules, no matter what tier the retiring player is, they may only be replaced with a tier four-player," the statement said.