Murray intends to re-sign

March 09, 2018

Murray Football Netball League general manager Dale Norman.

Murray Football Netball League is yet to re-sign its affiliation agreement with AFL Goulburn Murray, but is confident of remaining under the AFL Victoria banner.

League general manager Dale Norman said that while his organisation had not received a set deadline, he expected the partnership to be finalised once more within a couple of weeks.

‘‘The Murray Football Netball League is yet to re-sign an affiliation agreement, but there is goodwill between both parties,’’ he said.

‘‘There is intent for the Murray league to sign once terms in the agreement have been clarified.

‘‘We have not been given any set timeline, but the Murray executive expects (a resolution) within the next few weeks.’’

All 12 Murray league clubs are being consulted on the issue, which has become a hot topic after the Picola District Football Netball League failed to re-sign its own agreement this week.

But Norman would not be drawn into commenting on Picola’s situation.

‘‘I have no comment to make on other leagues and what is happening with them, we’ll just be focusing on our own matters,’’ he said.

‘‘We are in constant contact with our clubs and are keeping them up to date with what is happening.’’

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan had no such qualms this week.

‘‘I think 67 of the 72 leagues are affiliated. There are four who are just finalising the negotiations and there is one, the Picola league, which expressed a sentiment on the front page of the Herald Sun that they are not going to sign,’’ he told the Herald Sun on Wednesday.

‘‘I didn’t even know about that (Picola’s decision) until (Tuesday) morning.

‘‘I just think the support you get through affiliation is a model that works, but it is a decision for Picola.’’

The Murray league’s agreement, should it choose to sign, would keep it affiliated for a further 12 months, at which stage it would be placed on the discussion table again.

This has been the normal procedure in the past for the organisation.

‘‘It’s an annual agreement which is renegotiated every 12 months,’’ Norman said.

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