Judd will fight to keep $250,000 Visy deal

Sportal November 16, 2012, 1:10 pm

Chris Judd's manager Paul Connors is set to fight the AFL's decision to cancel his client's third-party arrangement between Carlton and club sponsor Visy.

The AFL announced that the Blues captain's reported $250,000 a-year deal will no longer be excluded from the club's Additional Services Agreement (ASA) or Total Player Payments and will now have to be included in Carlton's salary cap.

Judd's role as ambassador for Visy started when the superstar midfielder made his move from West Coast in 2008 and signed a six-year deal with Carlton but it was believed his third-party agreement would remain safe until that contract expired in 2014.

AFL general Manager Adrian Anderson said the league's new third-party deal regulations will now prevent payments outside the salary cap being permitted but Connors has stressed a decision surrounding Judd's case is yet to be finalised.

"There's rules and regulations. The AFL is obviously (an) extremely powerful organisation and can have their say, but there's also a process, due process, and you're allowed to argue the case," Connors told Melbourne radio station SEN on Friday morning.

"There's always room to wiggle and we disagree with their initial findings.

"I'm not sure what has changed (since it was approved in 2007 by the AFL).

"All I thought I would say is it's true, the AFL has had their say.

"(But) I don't want to fight this in the public."

The AFL's closer look into related-party deals has come following revelations of Kurt Tippet's alleged third-party deal at Adelaide.

As the AFL prepares to punish the various people charged for this situation at Adelaide, including Tippett himself, the association has cracked down on other deals, including the Judd one.

Although the Judd deal was originally approved by AFL officer Ken Wood in late 2007, Anderson said Judd's deal had to be included under Carlton's salary cap in order to ensure new regulations are being met.

"It is not appropriate to release my specific reasons for exercising my discretion in this case to refuse approval for the arrangements to be excluded from Carlton's salary cap," Anderson said.

"My decision is related to a tightening of the rules."

Connors, disputed the $250,000 value of the deal as reported in various outlets, but said that the amount in question could still push the Blues' salary cap to the limit.

"There's been a bit of hysteria about Juddy's deal, thinking that it's a million dollars," he said.

"(But) I don't think Carlton's going to be rapt about it if it has to go under their salary cap.

"I'm not sure (they can fit it in)."

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  1. Huge Ackman09:29am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Does this mean they cant have outside sponsorships?? I think they have opened a can of worms here.

  2. Huge Ackman09:29am Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Is Dimitreou the only one in the AFL that allowed to earn obscene amounts of money???????

  3. 06:28pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think he is on the board at Visy?

  4. Neil JL06:25pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    why not find money out side clubs in all codes and cut out gov funding spend tax payers money where its needed

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  5. underarm_bowler05:29pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    what does he do at Visy for $250,000?

  6. Alien04:00pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Judd signed a 6 year deal in 2008 and it was OK then according to the AFL and now it's almost 2013 and they want to change their mind, surely the new rules would apply to new deals and not contracts that are already in existance, after all shouldn't a deal be a deal.

  7. underarm_bowler12:27pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What's your point Neil. I didn't know pies players were on the visy board payroll

  8. Neil JL08:40pm Saturday 17th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lets not leave out Colingwood pies are costley in there area

  9. 05:35pm Saturday 17th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No surprise. Anderson and Deimetrou are both lawyers... need we say more. They are turning the AFL into a lawyer's candy shop. Ambigous rules, increase of legislation and confusion. If these bastards ruin Aussie Rules the fans will revolt. It is already beginning, lawyers and the courts are destroying society they won't do it to footy. Anderson and Deimetrou weren't good enough to be magistrates or judges but they are living their dream by being the judges running the AFL. The players may have to strike in the future as in the USA, lets hope not!

  10. Ln10:09pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    eye gauging chinken wing tippetts lover

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