An attempt by West Coast and Fremantle to field reserves teams in the WAFL has failed after the WA Football Commission opted not support the bid.

The WAFC indicated today it will not support the current form of the proposal. The nine WAFL club presidents have also rejected the offer of around $60,000 each to allow the reserves teams to come into the 126-year-old competition.

“While this specific proposal is not being supported, it is pleasing to note that there is a commitment from the WAFL Council of Presidents to ongoing discussions about the possibilities and challenges presented to make WA Football stronger for the future,” WAFC Chairman Frank Cooper said.

“The obvious effort and consideration that has gone into this proposal by the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers is appreciated and we acknowledge that it highlights a number of exciting opportunities and crucial issues facing WA football.

“We are committed to addressing these issues while considering the needs of the AFL clubs and will engage in discussions to progress these points.

“It has been agreed that an early response is the best way to move the process to a considered discussion about how to achieve the best outcomes for football in WA, not only in terms of this proposal, but overall.”

WAFL Council of Presidents Chairman Haydn Raitt said that after thorough consideration of the proposal, the WAFL clubs had provided feedback that the model as presented would not be supported.

“We can understand why this is very important to the Eagles and Dockers and recognise that their success has a direct impact on the overall success of football in WA however, we do not support the proposal that has been presented,” Mr Raitt said.

“We feel the current system works extremely well and is producing some excellent results for WA Football. There is no doubt we are all committed to making football in WA as strong as possible and we will continue discussions with the AFL clubs to achieve this outcome.”

The WAFC will lead ongoing discussions between the AFL and WAFL clubs.

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