I think this would be fair. It’s pretty much just the same as COLA.Their OOC player signings, academy selections and 17 year old concession signings haven't been enough of a leg up?
A couple of kids next year aren't going to make them a better side. Player retention will make them a better side. Perhaps a further increase to the player marketing allowance will help.
Let the club nominate the 5 faces of the club or something and the AFL pay them $200k PA for “promotion”.
The problem now is there are about 15 clubs circling every talented kid they have. You could easily see St Kilda offer King $750k and JL and Rankine getting similar offers from Adelaide sides when they come out of contract and until they start improving there really is nothing to keep them up at the GC.
GWS I could see being in a much worse position than them if they hadn’t nailed their list management. Hopefully before they drop down the ladder they have a properly established club otherwise it could be just as ugly for them.