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Echuca football signing fallout

Echuca and Ainslie football clubs are at loggerheads over a player.

LUKE MCMANUS December 18, 2013 4:04am

Ainslie Football Club is at loggerheads with Echuca Football Club over the now unconfirmed signing of player Kane Morris.

Ainslie Football Club general manager John Smith contacted the Riv to express his ‘‘disappointment’’ in response to Friday’s article which outlined Morris’ recruitment to the Murray Bombers.

According to Smith, Morris signed a new contract in October which binds the 23-year-old to the North East Australian Football League club for the 2014 season.

Smith said aside from a ‘voice-to-text message’ that was left on his mobile phone on Sunday, December 8, the two clubs have never held official discussions about Morris’ contract or potential transfer.

Smith also raised concerns about Echuca’s conduct in relation to approaching one of its contracted players.

‘‘As far as we’re concerned, Kane is a required and contracted player,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m disappointed that any club would approach a contracted player without checking details first.

‘‘NEAFL contracts are AFL-endorsed, every player signs the same one. If there is an approach we’re not afraid of seeking opinions from higher up.’’

Murray Bombers president Brett Stevens said while the depth and details of Morris’ contract at Ainslie were unclear to him, Echuca’s desire to land the interstate recruit remained the same.

‘‘Kane has told us he’s coming,’’ he said.

‘‘From my understanding he’s spoken to Ainslie and has already packed up most of his gear looking to move between Christmas and the new year.

‘‘I can’t really comment on Ainslie and what NEAFL contracts consist of when someone moves interstate.

‘‘I just can’t understand how he can play for Ainslie if he’s living in Echuca.’’

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