A stand-alone AFL reserves league could return to football under a revamp of the game’s second-tier competitions, but the president of one stand-alone VFL club isn’t happy with the prospect.
All Victorian clubs fielding a reserves side in a league separate to the VFL competition is one of several ideas contained in Bill Kelty’s just-completed review.
That second-tier review will go before the AFL Commission this month, and has examined the pathways to AFL football and the best way to maximise talent.
Kelty confirmed to the Herald Sun yesterday that it was one of the options the AFL will consider as it works through his review.
High-profile union figure Kelty departed the AFL Commission after 17 years in March, and has examined footy’s second-tier competition as well as footy at community and under-18 levels.
It doesn’t have the support of Williamstown president Trevor Monti, who claims neither AFL Victoria or stand-alone VFL clubs were consulted as part of the review.
He is warning that the suggested changes could be “disastrous”.
“That suggestion would be a disaster for Victorian football and a disaster for stand-alone clubs,” he said on SEN today.
“No stand-alone club has been consulted, nor has AFL Victoria been consulted about it. I met with AFL Victoria on Monday to discuss this very issue and they knew nothing about it.
“There’s been no consultation whatsoever. We have six full-time administrative staff, we’ve just appointed a coach for two years at a substantial salary. If we’re relegated to a third-tier competition beyond 2017, we’re left high and dry and in no man’s land, going nowhere.”
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