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Player managers fear a middle-class squeeze that will see the league’s reliable role players sacrificed so clubs can stay under a smaller 2021 salary cap.

AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking on Wednesday confirmed little work had been done on the salary cap or list cuts as key industry figures fear key decisions are months away.

List managers and player agents are still none the wiser on when they will be able to contract players again as players begin to express their anxiousness about 2021 contracts.

 

BAYLEY FRITSCH (MELBOURNE) 

Jack Viney is the free agent the Demons will want to lock away but Fritsch has turned into a sneaky-good utility who can play anywhere and kicked 17 and 20 goals in his first two years. Can he go big and turn a 30-plus goal year into some serious leverage?

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The fact this doesn't necessarily need to be a binary list management decision, I'll play along with the Hun on this one - remains to be seen what each brings to the table in 2020.

JV may well crack the sads when/if the going gets tough, as he may well be entitled to do, or Fritsch may not get the supply.

For mine Fritsch's return on investment is far greater, more upside too.

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23 minutes ago, rolling fog said:

The fact this doesn't necessarily need to be a binary list management decision, I'll play along with the Hun on this one - remains to be seen what each brings to the table in 2020.

JV may well crack the sads when/if the going gets tough, as he may well be entitled to do, or Fritsch may not get the supply.

For mine Fritsch's return on investment is far greater, more upside too.

You must've missed JV in R1?

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3 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Twitter should start putting warnings on Herald Sun journalist tweets like it did yesterday on President Trump's. 

And a health warning on anything from the aptly named Ralph

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Is timing the issue? Do the majority of other players have contracts after this season? If there’s numerous other players also OOC at seasons end, then this is a nothing article. Fritz will he retained.

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Below is the list of OOC players at the end of this season. 

Player Status
Aaron Nietschke  
Austin Bradtke  
Bayley Fritsch  
Charlie Spargo  
Corey Wagner  
   
Harley Bennell  
Harrison Petty  
Jack Viney RFA
James Jordan  
Jay Lockhart  
Jayden Hunt  
Joel Smith  
Joshua Wagner  
Kade Chandler  
Kyle Dunkley  
Marty Hore  
Michael Hibberd  
Mitchell Brown  
Mitchell Hannan  
Nathan Jones UFA
Oscar McDonald  
Toby Bedford  
Tom Sparrow
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4 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Really is a nothing tweet from Ralph. just making up things whilst in isolation. If he had a half a brain he would have mentioned the Wagners, Dunkley & maybe Spargo or Hunt first. Keep the young guys and Bradtke as work in progress

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Being brutal about the players listed for contract renewal in 2020 it would seem that only Viney and Fritsch are certainties. Lots of others are probables (some more than others) but there's a few that could be hit by list reductions if they occur.

Big year for quite a few of those on Lucifer's 2020 renewal list.

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I would think that for the AFL to reduce the salary cap for 2021 that they would need agreement with the AFLPA to revise existing contracts downward, otherwise what happens if a club have most of its players locked away so that they are over the revised salary cap with their existing contracts.

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9 minutes ago, chookrat said:

I would think that for the AFL to reduce the salary cap for 2021 that they would need agreement with the AFLPA to revise existing contracts downward, otherwise what happens if a club have most of its players locked away so that they are over the revised salary cap with their existing contracts.

yes, i wondered about that possibility. even if not over the revised salary they may be with min payment requirements to pay those re-contracted out of the remaining players to make up the new list numbers

i think one way or the other (voluntary or not) existing contracts will be renegotiated within certain guidelines. 

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