Chris Judd’s Visy Deal To Count Against Carlton’s Cap

Plus Heath Scotland suspended and Jarrad Waite injured again.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Carlton Football Club’s most recent attempt to have star player Chris Judd’s third-party deal with Visy to not count against their salary cap has failed.

Members of the AFL, led by deputy chief executive Gil McLachlan and league executive Andrew Dillon met with Carlton chief executive Greg Swann and Judd's manager Paul Connors took place this week to discuss the matter, but the Blues’ attempt to reach a compromise on the issue was unsuccessful.

Judd’s deal with Visy, a privately owned Melbourne-based paper recycling company, is said to be worth between $200,000 and $250,000 a season.

Carlton will not take the matter further and lodge a formal complaint that would have been heard at an AFL grievances hearing.

Carlton’s involvement in the news didn’t end with Judd this week. The club decided to suspend defender Heath Scotland for the club’s first two home and away games of 2013, against Richmond and Collingwood, after Scotland pleaded guilty to an assault charge stemming from an incident at a ski resort last January.

Scotland has also been asked to make a $3000 charitable donation.

"The club is very disappointed in Heath's actions as he did not uphold Carlton's core values and behaviours," Carlton’s general manager of football Andrew McKay said.

Finally, the oft injured Jarrad Waite has had what was a good preseason interrupted by another injury, this time to a dislocated finger.

The 30-year-old Waite was in considerable amounts of pain after suffering the injury at training on Wednesday.

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