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Port Adelaide to power up Shanghai plans at AFL Commission meeting

Port Adelaide will front the AFL Commission on Tuesday, where plans for next year's China clash will be discussed.

The Power and the Adelaide Crows will each meet the Commission in Adelaide ahead of the Hall of Fame celebration.

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One of the Power's key planks for 2018 is another match in Shanghai, although there is a preference for it to be staged earlier in the season during Australia week celebrations. This year's clash was in round eight.

The Gold Coast Suns have expressed interest in again selling a home game and partnering the Power but will need to show a more enthusiastic front than they did this year.

Geelong has also expressed interest, although this has been seen as more of a bargaining attempt by the Cats to avoid having to stage a home game at Etihad Stadium.

Greater Western Sydney had shown interest last year and are believed to still be a potential partner, with suggestions they could sell one of their home games at Manuka Oval.


A Melbourne-based club could yet emerge, with help from the state government.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, who attended this year's clash alongside chairman Richard Goyder, hailed the event as a success. The only negative had been the Suns' dismal performance in losing by 72 points.

"We think we've invested for the long-term here. We'll continue to work with the local authority and the layers of government in this country," McLachlan said at the time.

Power chairman David Koch has said the club already has $2 million in sponsorship for next year's match.

The protracted negotiations over a new pay deal are also set to be discussed by the commission, with reports a new collective bargaining agreement could be released on Tuesday.

The salary cap is expected to leap by more than 20 per cent this season, taking it to $12.5 million per club. It is understood the salary cap will rise to $13.5m per club come the final year of a six-year agreement.

There have been issues over the players' push for a set percentage of revenue although it's understood a mechanism has been struck for players to share in revenue which exceeds forecasts. Players continue to push for two mid-season byes.

The league's plans for next year's AFLW season are also likely to be discussed, with bids from a further eight clubs lodged on Friday.