Give us more time – GDFL

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Updated: February 18, 2016
GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week's AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER
GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week's AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week’s AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

GDFL clubs want an extra six months to respond to the proposed restructure of local football.

All 34 local clubs were given until February 29 to have their say on the biggest shake-up in local football since the GFL was formed in 1979.

However, following a meeting of its 12 members clubs last night, the GDFL has this morning sent an official request to AFL Barwon for extension until the end of August.

“The main thing coming out of the meeting last night, with new people coming on board at (club) committee level, they hadn’t got their head around the proposal,” president Neville Whitley said.

“They just believe they needed extra time, so we’re applying to AFL Barwon this morning to request an extension.”

Whitley says the restructure, which could see promotion and relegation introduced as early as 2018, shouldn’t be rushed.

“It’s so important, I don’t think doing it in the fast lane is the way to go,” he said.

“It needs a lot of discussion, a lot of perusal over the proposal, (and) it needs to be given time and we’ll meet with our clubs on a regular basis to see how their progressing with their submission.”

TWO OPTIONS FOR LOCAL RESTRUCTURE

Whitley also claims AFL Barwon was selective in the leagues it chose to feature in the document presented to clubs.

“They used some of the comparisons in their proposal, but they didn’t use the Western Region or Southern leagues,” he said.

“They’ve only given us what looks good on paper, but there is some weaknesses in those three and four-tier structures.

“I suppose when you’re doing any submission you gloss it up with the positives that suits your argument.

“But that’s only a small part. We need to let the points and the salary cap settle down for a start.”

K rock Football.com.au understands BFL club presidents will meet tonight, while GFL leaders have talks scheduled for next Tuesday.

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