Talks continue over NEAFL restructure

AFL Queensland CEO Michael Conlan

AFL and AFL Queensland representatives yesterday met with Northern Conference club presidents to further discuss proposed changes to the NEAFL competition.

The range of proposed changes, in accordance with the NEAFL’s ongoing expansion and long-term development, will enhance the League’s talent pathways while ensuring clubs and players alike are best placed to reach their full potential.

As part of the NEAFL’s next phase of growth, a series of measures – such as streamlining the competition structure, improved compliance and financial benchmarks, bolstering talent pathways and state leagues – will be undertaken ahead of the 2014 season.

AFL Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Michael Conlan, said the meeting was held at the request of club presidents.  

“It’s natural for clubs to have questions and concerns around the proposed changes and we are committed to making this process as transparent as possible,” he said.

“We have been talking to clubs individually for the last 15-months regarding the future of competition and yesterday’s discussions allowed us to address specific concerns around the proposal.”   

Mr Conlan said he would not speculate on the make-up of the 2014 NEAFL competition which would not be known for some weeks.

“Clubs from the Northern region have until next week to submit license bids for the restructured competition if they wish to remain a NEAFL club,” said Conlan.

“We will then take the necessary time required to assess each application.”

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