AFL South East get serious

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AFL South East has continued to flex its muscle, informing clubs through the week that an integrity officer is about to be appointed and sent in to clubs to begin salary cap investigations.

As part of the implementation and enforcement of the Player Payment Rules, AFL South East will conduct several club reviews during the remainder of this season.

If not reviewed in 2017, clubs can expect to be reviewed over the next four or five years.

AFL South East General Manager John Anderson said some clubs could possibly be reviewed on more than one occasion.

According to Mr Anderson, in 2017 (and beyond), the clubs selected for review will be based on any one of several criteria, including the following:

* Those clubs with historical high levels of player expenditure

* Clubs experiencing ongoing on field success

* Clubs which are near to the maximum allocated points

* Those clubs who have recruited players with high points

* Recommendations from the Regional General Manager

* Random selections

Clubs selected for 2017 will be notified shortly so that some of the reviews can be completed prior to the finals, and others may or may not include a review after finals.

“In accordance with the Player Payment Rules, most clubs in the region have now entered the necessary information on to the online portal,” Mr Andersons said.

“AFL Victoria is finalising the accreditation of a number of Integrity Officers who will be conducting these reviews.

“It is suggested club officials become familiar with the rules including sections 6 and 7 which details the process for providing information to the Integrity Officer as part of this review process,” Mr Anderson said.

Meanwhile, in relation to the senior football review, there has been no word from league headquarters, however, MPNFL Clubs have been busy in the past fortnight ensuring they are positioned to manage any decision that has been handed down by the commission.

It is also believed that AFL South East commission chairman Roger Hampson was on the campaign trail on Saturday at Pearcedale.

It is also believed that regardless of the feedback of MPNFL clubs, a three-division structure, including SENFL clubs, will be recommended by the working party and subsequently handed down by the commission.

It is believed that the Division One structure will not include any Nepean club, not even Sorrento or Rosebud, and will only have 10 teams, made up of Peninsula and SENFL clubs (Cranbourne, Beaconsfield, Narre Warren and Berwick).

Division Two (12 clubs) will be mostly made up of Nepean clubs, with the exception of Devon Meadows, Pearcedale, Crib Point and Tyabb.

Division three would include those Nepean clubs, along with the likes of Hampton Park, Tooradin, ROC, Pakenham, Langwarrin, Chelsea and Karingal.

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