Goulburn Valley League clubs will find out their salary cap and player points allowances by the end of the month.
The issue was discussed at the annual general meeting late last month and the commission will sign off on the exact totals in the coming weeks.
With the clearance window already open, AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson said clubs did have an idea of how to shape their list.
‘‘It’s not going to be a big change, the plan has always been to come down a couple of points each year and that has happened so far, the process is to reduce the points usually each year over a three or four-year period to get to where we want to be,’’ he said.
‘‘It’ll definitely be (ratified) by the end of the month for sure, we had the AGM on the 29th (of November) and a meeting following that, so I’d imagine it should be ratified by then.’’
Clubs will still have the ability to request increased points allowances just as Euroa and the Shepparton Swans were afforded concessions this year.
With the cap at 42 points this year, the Swans were allowed to play footballers totalling 48 points because of the abundance of senior players leaving, while the Magpies were given an additional four points due to Euroa’s population size.
Wilson said the local reach of where a club could pull its players from was a variable that impacted whether applications for increased points were awarded.
‘‘Things like population base of a club and the population it’s drawing from in particular or previous history of poor performance meaning the club needs initial points to recruit better players (are considered) to try and even things up a bit and make sure struggling clubs can get a bit more success by recruiting,’’ he said.
This year the GVL had the highest salary cap across Victorian country leagues with it set at $185000.
The Kyabram District Football League worked off $85000 this season and will have its adjusted rate and points allowance announced early next month.