The West Australian Football Commission has denied Cam McCarthy’s hopes of playing WAFL footy in 2020.
McCarthy and Fremantle parted ways yesterday after the 25-year-old was made aware he would not be offered a contract next year and did not want to finish the season with Freo in the AFL’s Cairns-hub.
In a statement released by the state’s footy governing body this morning the WAFC reiterated that “AFL-listed players being released from their AFL contracts prior to the end of the season are not eligible to play in the WAFL competition.”
McCarthy’s agent Colin young confirmed this morning that an application for an exemption to WAFC rules had been lodged but their latest release prevents a WAFL return in 2020.
“The WAFC can confirm that there will be no further extension to the National Transfer Application Period in 2020 and that exemption requests submitted after the extended July 31 deadline have been declined to ensure that the integrity of the WAFL competition is protected over the remaining four rounds of the season.
“AFL-listed players being released from their AFL contracts prior to the end of the season will be permitted to participate in WAFL club training.”
McCarthy had hoped to return to junior club South Fremantle for the remainder of the shortened WAFL season, he is expected to join the Bulldogs at training in preparation for 2021.