Greater Western Sydney has pushed for the AFL to cut its financial support of the Swans and refused to back its cross-city rival in the bid to retain the controversial $1 million cost of living allowance.
On the eve of a meeting with the AFL Commission, the Giants have officially distanced themselves from Sydney, with chairman Tony Shepherd suggesting the time had come for the Swans to operate without extra help.
The Giants boss also declared it had ''not been a good move'' by the Swans to recruit Lance Franklin and that the trade from Hawthorn had harmed the image of the NSW AFL clubs.
''With hindsight I'm relieved we didn't get him,'' Shepherd said, ''not that we could have come anywhere near that price.''
Joining the chorus led in recent weeks by fellow club chairmen Eddie McGuire and David Koch, Shepherd said the Swans should no longer be subsidised.
In his strongest statement in the wake of the $10 million Franklin deal, Shepherd said: ''The Swans have been in Sydney for more than 30 years and it can be argued that as an established club they no longer need additional support.
''In Franklin they have made the longest and largest investment ever in a player. You don't make those type of decisions without having complete confidence in your business model. You shouldn't need those decisions subsidised by head office.''
Shepherd will meet the commission on Tuesday as the AFL bosses tour the club's new Olympic Park headquarters. He said it would be unfair if the Giants were stripped of their cost of living allowance due to the fallout from the $10.2 million nine-year Franklin deal.
The massive and unprecedented contract has also led to an AFL review of the terms of free agency, with football boss Mark Evans heading a working party looking at changes including a proposal to restrict lengthy contracts unable to be met by the original club.
Franklin's deal will see him earn $1.4 million in 2020 (year seven) and $1.5 million in 2021 (year eight) when the player is 33 and 34 respectively. The AFL has confirmed any reduction or removal of the Sydney allowance will be part of radical new equalisation measures to be unveiled before June.
Sydney confirmed on Friday it had mounted a renewed battle to retain the additional 9.8 per cent above the salary cap via a report by international management consultant the Hay Group.
''We are a start-up club,'' Shepherd said, ''and we need support by way of an allowance as part of the charter set by the AFL and clubs to establish a second team in Western Sydney. ''We believe COLA [the cost of living allowance] is valid but also understand why other clubs might perceive the Swans have abused the allowance in the recruitment of Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin.
''We will be disappointed if the Swans actions in recruiting Franklin cost our club in terms of COLA. We only entered the AFL competition two years ago and are still establishing ourselves.''