Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, is set to take the AFL Players Association to court, alleging unfair practice and governance.
Marinis is set to serve papers on the players association and Ian Prendergast, the chairman of the AFL’s agents accreditation board, next week.
A discovery hearing, where Marinis will seek any documents relating to his dealings with the players association and in the wider AFL industry, has been set down in the West Australian Supreme Court on March 20.
Among several issues, it is understood Marinis remains frustrated over why he failed the agents’ accreditation process, which requires a 75 per cent pass mark. It is believed Marinis scored 61 per cent.
Sources close to Marinis believe he will also claim the association did not properly review his test with him, a point the association is expected to vehemently dispute. It is expected the association will argue Marinis could have resat the test – an option he has not taken.
Marinis is also bewildered at the letter that Prendergast sent out to all clubs in October 2011, instructing them not to deal with Marinis when, at the time, he was negotiating Toovey’s new contract. As he did not have official accreditation, the association said clubs could be in breach of the collective bargaining agreement if they dealt with Marinis.
Marinis said at the time he was not an official agent but was a director of a company of agents and another of his colleagues, Perth lawyer Gavin John, was accredited. The expected court case comes as the players association makes a concerted effort to strengthen its rules and governance and abolish loopholes where unaccredited agents could deal with clubs.
In 2011, the accreditation board stripped Ricky Nixon of his status in wake of the St Kilda schoolgirl controversy, while in 2013 Peter Blucher was banned for a year for his role in the Kurt Tippett payments saga.