AFL Riverina have issued a timely reminder to clubs about the forbidden nature of transfer fees.
AFL Riverina football operations manager Shane Buchanan emailed all clubs this week a reminder of the rules in the National Player Transfer Policy.
The warning comes at the same time Collingullie-Glenfield Park and East Wagga-Kooringal are working towards an agreement for the clearance of two-time Jim Quinn Medallist Chris Gordon.
But Buchanan maintains the email was not about one particular case.
“We have had a few different scenarios and have had a number of phone calls about it,” Buchanan said.
“It’s just a general reminder.”
The National Player Transfer Policy states that no transfer fees, monetary or otherwise, should be paid in connection with transfer of a player from one club to another.
It’s part of the National Player Transfer Policy, which is Australia wide,” Buchanan said.
Transfer fees have often been paid between clubs as compensation for the release of contracted players.
The hard part, which Buchanan admits, is policing the policy.
Temora is another AFL Riverina club that recently had to deal with the clearing of contracted players.
They have been in discussions with Canberra club Eastlake about the clearance of players for next season.
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