'Give clubs a say'

ONE of the leagues at the centre of the AFL Victoria review into competitions across north-western Victoria is concerned that clubs may not have a chance to reply to any recommendations.

The Golden Rivers Football League is one of nine competitions to feature in the AFL Central Victoria, AFL Central Murray and AFL Wimmera Mallee review of the sport.

The three commissions aim to have developed a number of recommendations by June 30 next year, giving clubs six to eight months to act on the report.

Representatives from the close to 80 football clubs the three commissions cover will be interviewed regarding their current circumstances, their thoughts and future challenges.

"As far as AFL Victoria is concerned, any recommendations we make are mandatory, and at the moment nothing has been ruled out," AFL Wimmera Mallee football development manager, Bruce Petering said.

Golden Rivers Football League chairman, Phil Symes said he was concerned the recommendations will be implemented without the input of clubs competing in the league.

"The one thing that concerns me the most is that AFL Victoria thinks these recommendations are mandatory," he said.

"As a league, we believe the clubs have a right of reply."

The review's terms of reference will be released in the coming weeks, which will outline the review's process and emphasis.

The review could recommend that clubs relocate to neighbouring competitions in readiness to the start of the 2016 season.

Usually, any club seeking to enter the GRFL needs the support of at least half of the current competing teams, but this process may be impacted by the review.

"As a league, we believe that any decision regarding clubs we're directed to take on still should go to the vote of the clubs," Symes said.

"Is the review going to nullify the constitution of the league?"

Meanwhile, the Central Murray Football Netball League has welcomed the review, with manager, Scott Wishart hoping the report outlines ways to sustain clubs into the future.

"We are very interested to see the results of the review," he said.

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