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Former Swan Andrejs Everitt backs Sydney's cost of living allowance

Sydney received qualified support for the retention of the contentious cost of living allowance from former Swan and current Blue Andrejs Everitt.

Everitt was a casualty of salary cap pressure at the Sydney Swans, traded out at the end of last season when a big portion of the club's cap was absorbed by the arrival of Lance Franklin on a multi-million dollar deal.

Regardless, Everit, who as a player who begann his career at the Bulldogs, then spent four years with the Swans before being traded back to Victoria again said the higher costs in Sydney were legitimately deserving of a higher allowance.

"It is pretty expensive to live up in Sydney, just the rent, everything to do with Sydney. I'm not sure what the figures are but I do think it [COLA] is pretty necessary," he said.

Everitt, however, was less convinced by the argument that without the cost of living allowance, the club would have difficulties attracting players, a position raised by club chief executive Andrew Ireland.

Everitt said irrespective of the money the Sydney life held a different attraction to Melbourne.

"It's also the lifestyle up in Sydney – [there is] not as much media coverage – that also attracts the players," Everitt said. "So it's a little bit to do with the living away from home allowance [cost of living allowance] – it's a lot different to living down here in Melbourne – but it is a lot to do with lifestyle as well."

Both the Swans and Greater Western Sydney operate with a salary cap 9.8 per cent higher than other clubs in order to compensate the players for the higher cost of living in Sydney. Others clubs believe that amount is not spread evenly among the playing group but is instead used to be able to afford more highly paid players.