THE AFL has fixed a rules glitch that saw Brendan Fevola able to align with three clubs in three weeks last year.
In its new National Player Transfer Regulations, the AFL closed the loophole that allowed Fevola to play in Yarrawonga's season opening game at Easter last year despite an overhanging one-week suspension from his time at VFL club Casey Scorpions.
Dubbed the "Fev rule", last year's VCFL regulations permitted Fevola to transfer from Narre Warren, where he played a handful of games in 2011, to Ovens and King club Glenrowan, which kicked off its season a week prior to Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray league.
The move meant the ex-Carlton and Brisbane Lions spearhead served his striking suspension at Glenrowan and was eligible to play on day permit with Yarrawonga in Round 1.
Under the old rules, players were forced to remain registered with clubs to which they transfer for at least 28 days, but could be released on a day permit to other clubs up to eight times without serving the 28-day waiting period.
The AFL's new rules, released last month, prevent players from transferring or obtaining a day permit until the 28-day waiting period has been served.
Speculation had been rife Yarrawonga would consider exploiting the rule again this season, with Fevola needing to serve a one-week suspension handed down after last year's grand final.
But the club will need to find another loophole if Fevola is to line up in the Pigeons' Round 1 match against Wangaratta on Easter Sunday.
Ovens and Murray general manager Aaron McGlynn said the league would not be altering its fixture to allow Fevola to play at Easter, as it controversially did - then later reversed - last year.
"Fev will be serving his suspension, as far as we know,'' McGlynn said.
"There's no league push to have (the fixture) changed at this stage."
McGlynn said he was unaware of any other loophole that would allow Fevola to line up in Round 1.
"Not that I know of, but I'm sure if there is something the club will find it," he said.
"But I doubt it - it seems pretty cut and dried this time around."
The VCFL had vowed to examine the transfer rule after it was exploited last year, concerned Fevola's move would create a precedent for other suspended players.