VFL clubs are campaigning to save the reserves competition, the Development League.
Officials at VFL and TAC Cup level have been saying in the past few weeks that AFL Victoria has all but ruled out the Development League continuing beyond this season.
They are adamant it is needed, describing it as a vital link between the under-18 competition and senior VFL football.
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Without it hundreds of young players will be denied listings at VFL clubs and will go back to local football, the clubs say.
Port Melbourne, Williamstown, Casey Demons, Sandringham, Northern Blues, Coburg, Box Hill Hawks and Werribee all field DL teams.
A handful of presidents met last week to discuss the issue. With general managers they are mustering support and will approach the AFL directly about keeping the competition.
It’s believed some AFL clubs are prepared to contribute to the submission.
VFL clubs had to fight last year to keep the Development League for this season.