League given dead­line ex­ten­sion

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‘‘They were done with best in­ter­ests in mind and done in good­will.

‘‘It was pretty ben­e­fi­cial and very am­i­ca­ble.

‘‘We feel we’re in a lot bet­ter po­si­tion hav­ing had the meet­ing.’’

Glee­son said the ex­ten­sion to the July 13 dead­line was about giv­ing the com­mis­sion time to make any amend­ments to the doc­u­ment in ques­tion.

‘‘There were some ques­tions re­gard­ing clauses in the agree­ment. I think the com­mit­tee wanted to (have) a bit of a re­view and seek some fur­ther ad­vice, and then pro­vide a re­vised doc­u­ment to the Pi­cola league,’’ he said.

‘‘Once they’ve re­ceived that, they’ll have 21 days to de­cided if they want to af­fil­i­ate.’’

Glee­son said the league’s de­ci­sion to go alone this year was never held against it, nor would it be as the par­ties work to­wards a likely af­fil­i­a­tion.

He said the is­sue would not be al­lowed to drag out as it was at the start of this sea­son.

‘‘It was al­ways our in­ten­tion and, cer­tainly at the start of the year, the door was al­ways kept open,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re very keen to en­sure it’s re­solved prior to the end of this sea­son — it’s cer­tainly not go­ing to be left un­til March.

‘‘It’ll be re­solved by the end of the sea­son so the clubs are fully aware of what is hap­pen­ing.’’ Un­der the pump:

Shep­par­ton Ga­tors are keen to win both games in the dou­ble-header week­end in or­der to re­main in sec­ond spot.

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