AFL Considers Special Father/Uncle-Son Rule For Tasmanian Draftees

Growing increasingly concerned about the state of the game in Tasmania, the AFL is weighing up a dramatic change to drafting rules that could open up new pathways to the AFL for the state’s most talented youth.

“Clubs get preferential access to a player if they happen to be the son of a past player, so it is only fair that they get even better access if that son also happens to be a nephew, as is the norm across the Bass Strait,” explained AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

The ruling would see the current bidding system become void for draftees whose dad was also their mother’s brother (uncle), allowing the past player’s club to snaffle them with a late pick at well below market value.

The AFL commission will debate the ruling when it meets again on Friday.