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AFL Reserves issue update


Dear Member,

As you would be aware, the SANFL and the league clubs ere currently in discussions around the possible inclusion of teams from the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs within the SANFL.

The potential transfer of the AFL licences in the the near future has been the Catalyst for these discussions to take place.

Although these negotiations are, by necessity, happening on a confidential basis, it is important that you know the following.

The league directors including myself and the ceo's including Kris Grant have been working with the SANFL to arrive at four guiding principles which form the basis for all negotiations around this issue.

These guiding principles have been agreed to by all clubs and the SANFL as non negotiable elements and can be summarised as :

1. Integrity: Any change in competition structure must maintain or enhance the integrity of the SANFL competition; 2. Relevance: Any change in competition structure must maintain or enhance the relevance of the SANFL competition as the best state league in Australia;

3: SANFL & SANFL Club Viability: Any change to the competition structure must improve the long term strength and sustainability of the SANFL and SANFL Clubs;

4: Game Development: Any change to the competition structure must enhance the development of the game at all levels across South Australia.

The SANFL Clubs and the SANFL are steadfast in our resolve that the SANFL competition must be protected, it must remain relevant and it must be viable and that game development through the SANFL competition must continue to be of the utmost importance.

We are yet to receive any input or submissions from either the Adelaide Football Club or the Port Adelaide Football Club. That is expected to occur in the next couple of weeks.

This is a complex issue. There are positives and negatives to adding additional teams to our competition, and each of these is being carefully analysed and discussed.

Once negotiations have reached their conclusion, the SA Football Commission will make a recommendation for the SANFL League directors to consider. Nothing can happen without the authority of the league directors.

Contrary to media reports I do not expect any decisions to be made in the near future. There is a lot of water to go under the bridge and a lot of discussion required before any of us are in a position to make an informed decision.

I would like to stress that the  Board of the Central District Football Club will make the decision that is in the best interests of our club, our members and our league.

David Cavenett


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