Former AFL champions Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have supported the concept of a Wildcard Round instead of the bye prior to the finals series.
Speaking on SEN, Watson said the idea could be a serious hit for the AFL.
“I think we need a game on and the introduction of that Wildcard weekend, I think that could be something great,” he said.
A wildcard round would allow the teams finishing ninth and 10th both play in a one off game to qualify for finals, with seventh hosting 10th and eighth hosting the ninth place team.
Co-host on SEN Garry Lyon agreed, adding it would give the second half of the home-and-away season more interest.
“A Wildcard weekend to play for that last spot in the finals would’ve been great,” he said.
“It means more interest in the home-and-away season as a whole for longer because there’s a fight for positions nine and 10 as well.
“I like the fact that clubs have been rested. I know other people don’t and they think momentum’s been stopped and say it dilutes the double chance, but I like it.”