Large Cap Punishments Vital, Says NWFL Chairman Andrew Richardson | Avocado


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Players as well as clubs should be held accountable if they fail to meet a proposed statewide salary cap, believes NWFL President Andrew Richardson. Elaborating further on the idea, Richardson, whose competition has lost several players to the NTFA in recent times, a league that currently has no salary cap, believes the book should indeed be thrown away. who are involved for any transgression if it is fully implemented for the 2022 season. Even if a club or a player made an example, “it would not be a bad thing” to get the message across. Severe penalties, such as loss of Premiership points, club fine [potentially $5000 maximum] as well as suspended or deregistered players should be on the table, with a system similar to what is at stake in Victoria under discussion. “My hunch is that the players, coaches and president of each club should sign a document saying it’s true and a legal document as it is a Dec stat. [statutory declaration] it is done in front of a JP [Justice of the Peace] and if it turns out that they did wrong, then they shouldn’t be playing football anymore, ” he said. “As far as a player is concerned, he could be suspended for a few years, and you as a 25-year-old wouldn’t want to make that much money and not be able to play.” It could be tough. threaten a player like that, but if they sign a stats statement to say they don’t get that money and all of a sudden it’s proven to have done so, then everything should hit the fan like it. “My recommendations will be, don’t just fine the clubs, hit the players, because they too would be lying.” RELATED The idea is for a Football Tasmania Board, which would have an Integrity Officer for the whole state, or one in each region, who would be a “constant presence” throughout the season. This person (s) would be completely independent of the leagues and clubs. “This would obviously have to be agreed by the clubs and the leagues, but I think our clubs are now getting to the stage where they would say yes,” he said. “Although we haven’t detailed it yet., This person [integrity officer] would monitor player payouts. “While Richardson admitted it would be difficult to monitor ‘unofficial payouts’, he would like players to sign statutory declarations stating that they were only paid from the salary cap “The clubs would need to sign something too, and if they turned around and said they didn’t know it wouldn’t be accepted,” he said. “If there was someone walking around after a game handing a player $ 50, $ 50 should be part of the salary cap, and they would know that.” Richardson said the NWFL expects its clubs to “be honest” about player payments, monthly payment statements and contracts that must be with the league before they become valid. The idea of ​​the salary cap will be discussed further next week. Fuel was added to the idea after it was announced that Wynyard ruckman and three-time Baldock medalist Sam Douglas had signed with NTFA Premier League club Bracknell. Douglas confirmed he would be compensated for travel expenses from the coast to Bracknell and the day of the game, but did not believe he was “overpaid” for his services. AFL Tasmania chief Damian Gill confirmed that the salary cap discussion is part of a more in-depth discussion on the state of the game. “Thanks to the Tasmanian Football Board, we are working on a statewide model for competitive balance, salary caps and player points, ”he said. ALSO IN SPORT “We surveyed clubs statewide earlier this season and the responses pointed out that player payouts are increasing to unsustainable levels and it was recognized that change is needed. competitive leagues that support participation and we have to make sure that the clubs are strong and sustainable and that they don’t live season after season. There is a lot of work to be done, but the really encouraging thing is that this is a conversation that many leagues have and a process that they are really invested in. Sign up for The Advocate’s Footy Fever newsletter here.

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