Are clubs able to enter these kinds of clauses into their contracts with players?

Obviously like any employment contract there will be stipulations stating the conditions under which employment in terminable, but I was wondering in a case like say Barry Hall’s, could the Bulldogs have signed him to a contract with a clause stating that if he got into tribunal trouble then the club would have the authority to sack him immediately and without having any more responsibility with regards to remuneration? Seeing as they knew it was a risky move to sign him, and rather than risk ending up having to pay a player that is suspended if such an incident were to happen? Or are there rules against such clauses in the players’ contracts?

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One Response to “Are clubs able to enter these kinds of clauses into their contracts with players?”

  1. winterwolf_au Says:

    I think sport is one of those areas where literally anything can be in a contract. It isn’t like any other job where there’s an award or something.

    Certainly if players have "behavioural" or attitude problems, substance abuse issues, etc, which are ongoing clubs are within their rights to put clauses relating to these issues into contracts. Whether any player would sign such a contract is another matter, and the AFLPA may have a bit to say if the club wants the right to just dump someone with no appeal.