Suspension problem

Guilfoyle says player bans not the answer to growing interleague issue

ON THE BOOT: Marc Strack gets his kick away for the Ovens and King against Central Highlands on Saturday. PHOTO: Ballarat Courier

OVENS and King general manager Zac Guilfoyle believes that suspending players who don’t make themselves available for interleague could lead to animosity between clubs and their respective leagues.

The issue of the best players skipping representative football again reared its head on the weekend with leagues, including the nearby Ovens and Murray, missing several top liners.

Several competitions have introduced a suspension policy for its players should they choose not to play, however, Guilfoyle didn’t think that was the right path to take.

“That doesn’t help you build relationships with clubs and the players,” he said.

“We need to be working with the club to try and work and entice the better players to put their hands up for interleague.

“A few leagues have introduced suspensions but that wouldn’t help the relationships with leagues or clubs and players.”

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