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Judd likes first look at new AFL rules

For AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, it's so far, so good on a raft of rule changes after the weekend's opening pre-season games.

Judd likes first look at new AFL rules

For AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan, it's so far, so good on a raft of rule changes after the weekend's opening pre-season games.

CHRIS JUDD of the Blues handballs during a Carlton Blues AFL media session at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia.
CHRIS JUDD of the Blues handballs during a Carlton Blues AFL media session at Ikon Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

AFL great Chris Judd has given the thumbs-up to the raft of rules changes, saying the game's stars will benefit.

The weekend's opening pre-season games were the first chance to see the impact of several new rules that are designed to open up play.


They include the 6-6-6 positions at centre bounces and players now being able to take possession in ruck contests.

"I thought they were outstanding, from a small sample size," Judd said of the changes.

"It's made it more traditional with new rules - that was a bloody good effort.

"Usually the new rules, traditionalists hate.'

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said his football operations boss Steve Hocking had been clear that the rules needed to be viewed as a whole.

"Don't look at individual rules, look at the aggregate. They all work together," McLachlan said.

"What I saw on the weekend was just bits of space that didn't exist before.

"I did notice midfielders at the centre clearance had time to be brilliant ... I did notice leading forwards who seemed to have a bit more space and time."

McLachlan singled out new Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps, one of the league's best midfielders, as a star who thrived under the new rules.

"I did notice that the midfielders, at the centre clearance, had time to be brilliant ... and then, I did (notice) leading forwards who seemed to have a bit more space and a bit more time," the AFL boss said.

Speaking at a pre-season media briefing on Monday, McLachlan added that he was confident about the future of the annual AFL game in China and also that he didn't expect the current 22-game season structure to change anytime soon.

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