- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 April 2014
Football Federation Tasmania today changed its rules in regard to player movements between Victory League clubs.
The previous ruling was that players could not move from one Victory League club to another in the same season.
This ruling was challenged this week by a Tasmanian player and, following advice from Football Federation Australia, FFT have changed the rule because all Victory League players are deemed to be amateurs.
FFT has decided that it cannot stop amateur players moving from one Victory League club to another, but its new rule does specify that the registration for a player wishing to change clubs must be received by ‘the last Thursday prior to 31 May 2014’.
Curran Ferns of South Hobart is believed to be the player and he is expected to sign for Tilford Zebras.
Ferns was sent off while playing for South Hobart against Northern Rangers on 13 April and was suspended for one game.
He missed South Hobart’s next game, which was against Kingborough Lions United.
He was on the team sheet as a substitute for the game against Devonport City last Saturday but did not take the field.
Northern Rangers’ goalkeeper Michael McKenna is also tipped to move back to Kingborough Lions United.
FFT also sought clarification from FFA in regard to the number of visa players that can play in the Lakoseljac Cup.
Following the advice, FFT has ruled that clubs may play more than two visa players in the Lakoseljac Cup this year but that the team that qualifies as Tasmania’s FFA Cup representative can only play two in the FFA Cup.