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Swans get a free kick

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December 05, 2017

Tatura has recruited star Seymour ruckman Brandyn Grenfell (pictured), Shepparton speedster Matt Shannon and Shepparton Swans dynamo Billy Cooper.

Shepparton Swans are the only Goulburn Valley League team to be granted extra player points next season.

This year’s wooden spooner has been allowed 44 points, while the other 11 clubs will sit on the standard 40.

The Swans (six) and Euroa (four) had extra points this year after applying to AFL Goulburn Murray’s Community Club Sustainability Program sub-committee.

Tatura also applied to have extra points next season, with the club not having an under-18 team last year ensuring most of those junior players would be worth more than normal should they go on to play senior football.

The Bulldogs have recruited star Seymour ruckman Brandyn Grenfell, young Shepparton speedster Matt Shannon and Shepparton Swans dynamo Billy Cooper during this off-season.

But this was not the only opportunity for clubs to apply for extra points, with another chance in February when the clearance window reopens.

‘‘The transfer window is closed for now after being open in November, but things can change with player movement and the next one will be available in February,’’ AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson said.

The GVL’s points cap remained at 40 for next year after no motion was moved at a delegates’ meeting last Wednesday to bring in a 22nd player.

There had been talk of including a fourth interchange player, but going up from 21 has not proven popular with clubs.

In Kyabram District Football League, Girgarre will have 44 points to work with, Ardmona has been granted 46, while Longwood has the maximum that the AFL Goulburn Murray sub-committee can hand out at 48.

Ardmona is coming from a long way back, having not fielded a senior team last season after copping uncompetitive beltings in the first two rounds.

Wilson said AFL Goulburn Murray and the league were more positive about the Cats’ situation heading into next season.

‘‘They’re certainly pushing training early on in the pre-season and they’ve got a new president, Tim ‘Plugger’ Magann, who is the heart and soul out at Ardmona,’’ Wilson said.

‘‘It’s certainly looking more promising out there.’’

Meanwhile, three Picola District Football League clubs have been allowed more points, with Deniliquin Rovers (46) and Blighty (48) given the tick from the north-west.

South-east premier Rennie will have 50 points at its disposal next year after taking its application to AFL Victoria.

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