Process open for Alberton moves

ALBERTON Football-Netball League clubs are a step closer to a solution for season 2020, with a clear timeline and process now in place.

AFNL clubs wishing to transfer to another league within Gippsland were last week advised to notify AFL Victoria of their intent to do so outside the formal club transfer period of August 1 to October 31 outlined in the 2019 AFL Victoria Country Handbook.

Should AFL Victoria approve a request, that club will then be permitted to submit their application to their nominated league on Monday, April 15.

Leagues will then have 21 days to respond to any transfer application they receive.

AFNL clubs were advised of this process by the AFL Gippsland region commission on Monday last week, along with thoughts and feedback from relevant local leagues, competitions and stakeholders.

The commission met with, then sought and received feedback from, the Mid Gippsland and Ellinbank and District leagues and West Gippsland Football-Netball Competition clubs, which has been provided to the AFNL clubs to ensure they have a clear understanding of the landscape upon which to base any decision on their future.

This process is in accordance with AFL Victoria’s appeal outcome recommendation and is well on track to meet AFL Victoria’s recommended timeline for a resolution by the end of July.

An AFL Gippsland proposal to merge the Alberton and Mid Gippsland leagues last year was abandoned following a campaign by Mid Gippsland clubs against it.

Since then, the MGFL has indicated an openness to accept Alberton clubs.

It is understood Meeniyan-Dumbalk United, Stony Creek, Tarwin and Toora are most likely to seek to add to the MGFL’s nine clubs. Fish Creek and Foster may look to join West Gippsland, while the future of Devon-Welshpool-Won Wron-Woodside remains in the air as it begins a second season in recess.