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Salary cap to
THE Barossa, Light & Gawl-
er Football Association is in-
vestigating the introduction
of a salary cap to stop clubs
from spending money on
In recent years, payments in
some country leagues have spi-
ralled out of control to a point
where, in extreme cases, players
can get $1500 a game.
BL&G president Len Warren
said the association was investigat-
ing a salary cap to complement
the current approved player points
system, although he admitted it
would be difficult to police.
"We are looking seriously at
a salary cap...we have to do that
to protect the clubs from them-
selves," he said.
"The danger of that is we know
what the clubs are paying directly
to the players...it's what happens
with private sponsorship that we
have no control over."
The proposal has drawn mixed
responses from the BL&G's club
presidents with almost all ques-
tioning how it would be policed.
Mr Warren said the idea was still
in its infancy and the association
had not discussed its finer details.
The issue made its way into the
public forum after North Adelaide
Football Club chief executive Greg
Edwards expressed disappoint-
ment in losing SANFL
players to big money in
country football leagues
and said he supported
the introduction of a sal-
ary cap for that level.
Mr Warren said the
BL&G was looking into
facilitating a salary cap
system, but understood
why players were leav-
ing the SANFL for
pay their players
very much, it's
about $400 or some-
thing like that," he
"If you are
is struggling (financially) and are
asked to train five or six times a
week (in the SANFL) and get paid
$400 or $500 on the Saturday and
a country club comes up and says
'we will give you double that and
you only have to train two nights a
week', it would be appealing."
Mr Warren said he could under-
stand the trend of local clubs pay-
ing high dollars for quality play-
ers to win a flag, but stressed they
must be smart about who they
"To be honest, I think the play-
ers themselves are at fault...some-
times they can shop themselves
around from club to club, the
highest bidder wins," he said.
"We have had some excellent
imports (in the BL&G)...but
some will be in here for one year
and then out again."
Currently, the BL&G-ap-
proved player points system is
used as a means of equalisation,
which awards an amount
of points to each club,
minor round wins they have ac-
complished over the past two sea-
However, the system is not per-
fect, as evident with reigning pre-
mier Barossa District.
The Bulldogs had a mass exodus
of premiership players from 2013,
but were allocated just six points
this season because of their high-
win ratio from the previous two
With the inability to replace the
majority of their player losses, the
Bulldogs are presently languishing
on the bottom of the ladder with
just one win in 2014.
Mr Warren said it was impor-
tant for BL&G clubs to attract
players who would embrace their
"The clubs have got to attract
the right sort of import...who will
become part of the club," he said.
"You want a player who will
bring their family with them and
stay around the club.
"If they are a core within a club,
it will strengthen them and the
"The salary cap can be found to
be wanting, it can be easily manip-
ulated (through) money under the
table. The audit process would be
exhausting and extensive."
"I don't mind the idea, it has
merit. Something has to be done
-- player salaries are going over
the top. Small clubs will struggle to
keep up. But, it remains to be seen
how they will police it."
"We would be in favour of it.
Something has to happen, other-
wise a club will go broke. It's been
talked about for some time but no
one has had the guts to do any-
thing about it. We have to see how
it would work, how they are going
to police it."
"We wouldn't be in support of it.
We don't see it as a manageable
solution to what's going on. Clubs
need to look out for themselves.
They are responsible for their own
direction and looking after player
payments is part of that."
"I would support it, but I struggle
to see how they would monitor it.
Bringing down player spending is
important to every club. As long as
it doesn't bring down the quality of
the league too much."
"The Angaston Football Club is
supportive of a salary cap being
reintroduced. Some clubs are pay-
ing large sums of money to players
which, I believe, is unsustainable in
the long term."
"It's not a bad idea, but a few
people are living in dreamland.
How can you audit it? How are
they going to police it? It's awed
before it starts. That (salary cap
rule) getting up is about as much
chance as me being on the moon."
"We would support it. But how
do you police it, there's that many
ways to get around it. Will it solve
any problems? We will wait and
"It didn't work before and I don't
think it will work again. But you
do have to try and get things on a
level playing eld. I'm not too sure
what the best way to do that is.
There's all this cash going around,
it's like another economy. It would
be very di cult to police."
To be honest,
I think the players
themselves are at fault...
sometimes they can shop
themselves around from
club to club, the highest
What the presidents say
and its clubs.
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