The AFL is considering introducing short-term playing contracts for the 2017 season, according to Fairfax Media.
The short-term contracted players would be used as injury replacements to help clubs cover for long term injuries.
Clubs would be able to sign players from state leagues or even amateur and country competitions on a short-term deal.
The league is also contemplating abolishing the confusing rookie list, and instead allowing clubs to have up to 50 senior listed players available for selection.
The AFL reportedly prefers the concept of short-term contracts rather than a mid-season draft or mid-season trade period.