World News – UA – AFL trades: The Brad Crouch compensation controversy and how to fix it


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After months of rumors and intrigue, the AFL player exchange period will begin today with the opening of free agency – allowing 2020 free agents and their destination clubs to finally make their movements

This is the ninth year since the introduction of free agency in 2012 and arguably the most controversial to date, as a number of players and clubs find their way through offers that attract a lot of l ‘attention

In particular, Brad Crouch’s planned move to St Kilda begins to stretch the technical details of the free agency pay system as speculation grows around the choice the Crows will be offered in exchange for his departure

As is typical of swap time, a wide range of supposed wages have been issued regarding Crouch’s contract in St Kilda, with claims he would earn between $ 550,000 and $ 750,000

A recent Fox Footy article suggested that all free agent moving clubs this year will likely need to be paid a salary of $ 800,000 or more in order for their former club to receive Group 1 compensation.

Even the most optimistic estimates of the Crouch’s St Kilda deal do not fall at this level, but maybe that will change

For the Adelaide Crows, the gap between Band 1 and Band 2 is as big as it could get Group 1 would mean having the top two picks in the 2020 AFL Draft, while the group 2 means getting 20 pick in exchange for Crouch leaving – and this will likely be blasted even more by other pay picks and the father-son and academy offerings

The Ravens have made it clear that if the AFL only offers them Band 2 compensation, they are likely to match St Kilda’s offer and force the Saints to trade for Crouch

This is something no club wants to see happen. Whatever trade deal might be made, it would undoubtedly be less attractive to Adelaide than Pick 2, and cost more to St Kilda than to sign Crouch for free

The two clubs are therefore encouraged to work together and craft a result that benefits both – there are only two problems

The first is all about the money – whatever magic number it takes to secure Band 1 compensation for Brad Crouch, does St Kilda want to pay it? While that may save them a first-round draft pick, the Saints – who signed a lucrative contract with Brad Hill last year – will need to be just as careful about their salary cap as they are about their draft assets.

The second is the most controversial: it’s a rort, clearly, and we don’t know if the AFL will see it as such

I don’t think it’s controversial to say Pick 2 is way more than Brad Crouch is worth, and paying nothing to sign it is way less than the cost should be

St Kilda’s Pick 14 in this year’s draft is about right, and if that’s what they have to pay for him, that would probably be a fair result.But the free agency pay rule AFL gives both clubs the option to have their cake and eat it too, at the cost of a little less cake for everyone

Gillon McLachlan has said in the past that he wants to help clubs at the bottom of the ladder rebuild themselves as quickly as possible – but the cavalcade of complex systems that the league has introduced into the draft in recent years makes that happen. more difficult

A club like North Melbourne, for example, currently hold caps 2 and 9 in this year’s draft, crucial assets in what many pundits believe is a long rebuild

But between possible compensation choices for Brad Crouch, Jeremy Cameron, Joe Daniher and Zac Williams and academy offerings for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan and Braeden Campbell (or Reef McInnes or Lachie Jones), North’s choices could easily be pushed back to 4 and 15 without fail on their part

By the value of the AFL’s draft pick which would be a loss of 840 points or the approximate equivalent of Pick 23, a start to the second round

Does it help clubs rebuild? For the lucky few of any year who can pass as a free agent or have a good academy player, sure, but for the most part it makes life a little harder.

I admit using my own club as an example is probably a little self-interested, but it’s still a salient point.And if you think I only took up the cause now that North might be affected, take advantage of this flash- back to me criticizing compensation choices five years ago

And for what it’s worth, given the uniform nature of the top-end of this year’s draft, the player selected for Pick 4 may be just as talented as the one taking part in Pick 2 It wouldn’t be the end of the world

But that won’t always be the case – and what could happen to a club like North Melbourne this year could happen to yours at any other The majority of us certainly agree: it doesn’t is not how we want the system to work

This is not a criticism of Adelaide or St Kilda In fact, the same controversy could and perhaps should surround the impending offers for Joe Daniher and Zac Williams, with the example of Crouch being more impactful on a large scale. partly because of how quickly the Band 1 clearing would arrive for the Crows

It is the job of each club to seek and achieve (within the rules) the best possible result for itself It is the job of the AFL to create a system that prevents something from happening. ridiculous to happen

What’s the solution? The league has a mechanism in place already, and this is perhaps the crux of the controversy regarding the Brad Crouch deal

The free agency formula includes the provision that a panel of experts reviews all the results of the free agency formula and has the power to recommend a change if it believes there has been a « materially abnormal » result

This would mean that while St Kilda is able to strike a contract big enough to trigger Group 1 for Brad Crouch, the league still has the power to move him to Group 2 if they see fit.

Will they, could they, could they? We won’t know until after the deal is done and even then we might not know for sure.But if that’s the dilemma the AFL faces by the formula, the decision they take could shape the tone of free agency for years to come

Block Band 1 for Crouch and clubs might just get the message that they need to be more realistic when it comes to free agency pay.On the other hand, let it go and you green light everything what this system was done to be fixed

Longer term, I think two fundamental changes need to be made to help make the system sustainable

The first is that the access of next-gen academy players needs to be drastically curtailed. This is something I’ve talked about before and it seems to be happening, so enough has been said

The second is that the league should thoroughly review the free agency system and the allocation of compensation picks, and at a minimum should introduce a rule that protects the top ten picks in the draft against preemption by compensation or priority selections

This would mean that future priority picks or free agency pay picks distributed by the AFL don’t have to arrive until Pick 11, ensuring that – with the exception of the top ten occasional father-son or Northern States academy – the top ten picks in the draft are protected for teams that missed the finals to use without risking their value degraded

An argument could be made to extend that protection to the whole of the first round or even further, which I’m not necessarily against – but it has to cover at least the top ten picks in the draft

Right now, as the AFL reconsiders all aspects of the competition landscape and negotiates a new CBA, now is a great time to correct some mistakes of the past and make the system a bit fairer for all. hoping that happens in the coming weeks

Brad Crouch, a player from Adelaide, wants to join AFL rivals St Kilda, while defenseman Kyle Hartigan also leaves the Crows

With the bizarre and wacky AFL 2020 season coming to an end, the silly season is about to begin And the silly season means one thing: trade period

Adelaide Crows players Brad Crouch and Tyson Stengle have been arrested with illegal drugs and face fines and possible AFL suspension

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World News – UA – AFL trades: The Brad Crouch compensation controversy and how to fix it
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