The AFL has once again been urged to consider bringing in a secondary trade period for the mid-season.

Ahead of next week's Mid-Season Rookie Draft, further calls have been made for the league to introduce an exchange period that would look to benefit both clubs and players.

The Mid-Season Draft returned in 2019 and will take place on Wednesday, June 2 this year to see almost every club add to their 2021 list from a selection of over 600 players.

Speaking from a list point-of-view, former Tigers assistant coach and Brisbane great Justin Leppitsch said that clubs are given enough time throughout the year to land trades and open negotiations.

“I don’t think there’s enough player movement in the game," Leppitsch said on SEN's Crunch Time. 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Neil Balme, Football Manager of the Tigers speaks with media during the Telstra AFL Trade Period at Marvel Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

"It’s so hard to get (any trades) done, it’s almost impossible, and you’ve got to get it done in a week during trade period.

“Collingwood and Hawthorn are desperate to stockpile some draft points, why not do that next week (during a supposed mid-season trade period) instead of after the season?”

Gerard Whateley also backed a mid-season trade period, stating it would be ideal for a particular group of players looking to offer their services.

“There is an underclass of player who would be of great value of various clubs, they have higher value in season when clubs can identify their needs, and it's great for careers,” Whateley said.

“If you’re clever and creative, it would be so invigorating for the competition.”

AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh told SEN earlier this week that the ideology of bringing back a mid-season trade period remains to be considered.

"From our perspective, it [mid-season trade period] is not something that we are ruling out," Marsh said.

“There are challenges associated with this from a player welfare perspective. There are logistical issues, even some financial issues for players. So, it’s something that we need to work through.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16: Head of Recruitment and List Strategy Kinnear Beatson of the Swans speaks to the media during the Telstra AFL Trade Period at Marvel Stadium on October 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

“Some of the coaches have expressed views historically that setting up your list for all eventualities is part of the art of list management and wouldn’t necessarily support this.

“But I think we need to continue to evolve as an industry. It’s certainly not something that we would rule out and we welcome discussion around it.”