AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says the league is considering expanding the AFL Women’s competition earlier than initially planned, due to the raging success of the inaugural season.

The AFL had originally stated the competition would remain at eight teams until 2019, however, McLachlan says that could now change.

“I’ve had feedback that people would like to reconsider that,” McLachlan told the Melbourne Press Club on Wednesday.

“The growth for our clubs … in every sense … has meant all our clubs are desperate to get a W licence.

“There is clear pressure on that.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 27: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan speaks to the media during the 2017 AFL Season Fixture Release at AFL House on October 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

However, the League’s chief confirmed expansion is unlikely for next season.

“It’s pretty-much off the table,” McLachlan said.

“It might be ‘yes’, because there are a lot of clubs who really want licences.

“Of course, we’re always having discussions, but we’re keen to also consolidate.”