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Points not rammed home

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November 16, 2017

AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson.

Next year’s Goulburn Valley League points cap has been set at 40, but there is room for it to rise should clubs vote in favour of a 22nd player.

With a cap of 40, a two-point decrease from this season, AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson said it may increase if an additional player was added.

‘‘If it does change to 22 players, there’s scope to add up to 41,’’ he said.

‘‘I was aware of (potentially adding a player) as of last year and some mentioned they’d like to go to 22 players, so it has been discussed at different meetings, but it’s not overwhelming either way, it’s a split decision at this stage.’’

Should the league move to a four-player bench, a decision will then need to be made about any limitation on the player.

‘‘There a couple of different options if it does come to fruition, there’s some talk about it being an under-18 substitute role or having no restriction at all for the 22nd man, so there’s a couple of different variables to be decided on the 29th of November (at the annual meeting).’’

The points are steadily decreasing to allow clubs to increase their investment in juniors, with Wilson saying the overall goal would be to stop in the high 30s.

‘‘They were always going to be dropping down for at least a few years so there was no complaining (from clubs),’’ he said.

With Shepparton Swans and Euroa granted allowances that increased the amount of points they were able to use this season, clubs will again be able to apply for concessions.

‘‘Because clearances are open in November, there’s a window up until the 12th (of November) where all leagues have the opportunity to request extra points,’’ Wilson said.

‘‘There’ll also be a scope for clearances open at the beginning of February so clubs can again apply, so we’ll have another meeting to assess any new applications.’’

The points sub-committee will discuss applications lodged by Monday’s deadline, with AFL Victoria to ratify requests.

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