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Leading AFL agent cleared

01/10/2008 09:19:09 PM Comments (0)

Leading agent Paul Connors was cleared by the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) of providing inducements to talented young footballers in return for the chance to represent them.

"The AFL Players Association today announced it had concluded a thorough investigation into allegations that an accredited player agent had provided inducements to prospective AFL players in return for securing rights to represent them in football employment and commercial negotiations," the AFLPA said in a statement.

"The accredited agent was cleared of any wrongdoing."

Connors has managed some of the AFL's biggest names including Carlton's Brendan Fevola and Fremantle's Chris Tarrant.

The AFLPA confirmed the Agents Board had investigated allegations that Connors had provided financial loans to prospective players enabling the purchase of motor vehicles as an inducement to represent the Players as their accredited agent.

"The Regulations Governing Accredited Agents (Regulations) prohibit accredited agents from offering any goods or services of value to a player in anticipation of him agreeing to be represented by the agent," the AFLPA statement said.

"The AFLPA revealed the Agents Board received evidence that loans were provided by Connors Sports Management (CSM) to two prospective players in respect of the purchase of second hand motor vehicles earlier this year."

The investigation found the loans were offered and received after the players had already entered into representation agreements with CSM.

"Therefore (they were) not inducements for the players to sign representation agreements. The Agents Board concluded that the allegations were not substantiated and that Paul Connors had not committed a breach of the regulations," the statement said.

Essendon player Scott Lucas, AFLPA general manager Matthew Finnis, AFL representative Ken Wood, accredited agents Dan Richardson and Liam Pickering and independent representatives John McMullan and Braham Dabscheck were on the Agents Board hearing the investigation.

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