AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has changed his messaging surrounding the potential trialling of new rules in home-and-away games this season, calling the prospect “unlikely”.
McLachlan told SEN’s Whateley earlier this week that the league is considering implementing new rules in games that won’t impact the ladder, considered - in the AFL's view - to be 'dead-rubbers'.
That suggestion was met with a torrent of public backlash, leading to a change of tone from McLachlan today.
“I think it’s unlikely,” the AFL CEO told 3AW.
“I reckon the way it’s running is that about two-thirds of people think it’s a bad idea and one-third think it’s good.
“That’s my assessment after a couple of days.
“I reckon any time people’s view about why not is that it actually is a risk to the integrity of the game means you can’t do it.
“I personally don’t quite see it like that but if that’s what senior people, and more importantly the public feel, then there’s no way you can do it.”