Salary cap an important issue for Wimmera clubs

SOME football and netball clubs at Monday night’s meeting cited the salary cup as a reason why competitive gaps exist across clubs in both the Horsham District and Wimmera leagues.

AFL Wimmera-Mallee’s draft review recommendations do not focus on the issue of the salary cap.

The report does suggest that all clubs across both leagues in the region conduct a club audit before the start of the 2019 season. The audit would “provide minimum standards for a club to meet to be eligible to compete within the league”.

Pimpinio president Danny Hamerston said during the meeting that he did not want to see the salary cap increased as some clubs struggled with player payment demands.

Questions were also raised as to how the salary cap can be monitored on game day. AFL Wimmera-Mallee region manager Bruce Petering said the aim was to slowly decrease the salary cap so as not to disadvantage the region against the rest of the state.

“We can’t decrease it dramatically because that would put our clubs at a disadvantage,” he said.

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