AFL football boss Steve Hocking has confirmed that the league will introduce a score review bunker system to be fully operational by this year’s finals series.
In doing this, he conceded that the previous system had it’s flaws and had lead to some blunders throughout the season.
The AFL currently doesn’t have a venue for this review system, but is confident they’ll have it up-and-running in time.
“Clearly we are on a tight timeline through to the finals series, (but) we are well advanced though,” Hocking said.
They plan to “ghost” the review system in Round 23, giving it one test before the finals series begins.
The system is similar to the bunker in the NRL and A-League competitions, places Hocking and AFL executives visited when creating their own system.
“It’s really where we land and how we build it for our finals series and then into 2020 as well. We are well advanced on it,” he said.
It’ll also have medical benefits for the individual clubs as the review system can send replays and information to club doctors which they can then use to assess the severity of an injury.
Hocking assures there would be no interference from the AFL and will only provide clubs with more information, not influence their decisions.
“[There will be] no interference from the AFL other than another set of eyes from the review centre and also umpire coaching as well would be part of it.”