VFL football operations manager John Hook believes more AFL clubs were likely to entertain the idea of entering a stand-alone club in the VFL from 2012 to have “more control of players.”
“I’m not saying it’s a trend but I’d say that some clubs would certainly be looking at it,” Hook said.
“I don’t think the Fevola scenario has anything to do with what an AFL club wants to do.”
“I think they would like at it in other aspects like controlling players. The difference in philosophies will always ask that question, whether they remain in an alignment or whether they go alone or they do a Collingwood or they do a Geelong,” he said.
Melbourne is understood to be talking about ways to give the Casey Scorpions the flick at the end of the season despite only being two years into a 10-year alignment agreement.
Other clubs such as Richmond, the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda have shown interest in fielding stand-alone teams in the VFL.
By Brent Diamond