AFL Riverina clubs reject 'distance' clause for travelling players

TRAVELLERS: Barellan have signed four players from Canberra for 2017.

TRAVELLERS: Barellan have signed four players from Canberra for 2017.

Farrer, Riverina and Hume League clubs have rejected a proposal to impose a penalty on ‘travelling recruits’.

Clubs could’ve been slugged an additional point (under the league equalisation system) for new players who will travel more than 150 kilometres to play.

The move was vetoed by clubs, many of whom saw it as a move to suit the Canberra league at the expense of country clubs.

AFL Southern NSW Community Football Manager Paul Habel said the clubs made their point.

“We consulted with clubs, we gave them the information and the chance to say yes or now and they’ve come back and said they’re not in favour of it,” Habel said.

Habel pointed out each case would’ve been assessed individually against a number of criteria, including players’ circumstances, as well as distance.

The AFL will monitor the number of players who would’ve been impacted as part of their annual information-gathering

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