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Minimum contract terms for AFL coaches

By Sam Lienert 10/04/2008 07:43:26 PM Comments (0)

The AFL will establish a set of minimum terms and conditions under which all clubs must employ their coaches.

The initiative was prompted by a presentation from AFL coaches association (AFLCA) chief executive Neale Daniher to a meeting of league officials and the 16 club chief executives in Melbourne on Thursday.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said there was an agreement among all those at the meeting that the league's coaches needed to be treated with greater respect and a formal framework for dealing with them should be put in place.

"The clubs agreed that they would like the AFL to act on their behalf to come up with a minimum set of terms and conditions for coaches, separate to that they negotiate as clubs when they organise their own packages," Demetriou said.

He said negotiations would be held between the AFL, Daniher and AFLCA president Kevin Sheedy to decide what conditions should be included.

The chief executives were also updated at the meeting on progress in the planning to create expansion teams in southeast Queensland and western Sydney.

He said the league's football operations manager Adrian Anderson, legal services manager Andrew Dillon and development manager David Matthews would be meeting with the chief executives, coaches, football managers and recruiting managers of all clubs starting from next week.

They planned to consult on the issues of how the new teams would create their playing lists, with decisions to be made on how they would acquire experienced players from existing clubs, what draft concessions they would be given and whether they would be given priority access to recruiting zones in their areas.

Demetriou also said while the new Queensland team is slated to join the AFL in 2011, there remained varying opinions among the clubs as to whether the new Sydney club should join in the same season, or if not, how much later.

The league boss also said the AFL had plans to increase the number of grand final tickets available to members of the two competing clubs by about 5,000 to 26,000.

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