Rising VFL star Kane Lambert found himself at the centre of an inter-club quarrel during the 2013/14 transfer window.The 22-year-old Northern Blues midfielder was not named in the AFL National and Rookie draft lists for the 2014 season, despite being named in the VFL Team of the Year, winning the Fothergill-Round Medal for the best VFL player under 23, and finishing 4th in the JJ Liston Trophy.
Lambert quickly overcame this setback to his AFL dreams, telling the Blues he wanted to join a stand-alone club to improve his chances in next year’s draft. He was signed by VFL rival club Williamstown Seagulls in early December, but the Blues soon stepped in to halt the transfer, citing the VFL rule that a club may only poach 2 players from a rival club during the off-season. The only way Lambert could join the Seagulls was with the Blues’ blessing.
Following weeks of negotiations, the two clubs agreed to attend mediation with AFL Victoria in January, and on 31 January it was announced that the Blues have permitted the transfer.
Throughout the conflict Lambert continued training with his preferred club, the Williamstown Seagulls, who have been impressed with his work ethic.
My tip for the 2015 AFL Season – Kane Lambert is a man to watch.
Source: Herald Sun