MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs marks during a Western Bulldogs AFL pre-season training session at Whitten Oval on December 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The AFL Players’ Association is set to push for free agency to begin after six seasons, rather than after eight seasons, when the new collective bargaining agreement is finalised later this year, according to the Herald Sun.

Currently, a player becomes a restricted free agent after eight seasons and an unrestricted free agent after ten seasons.

However, the AFLPA believe that restricted free agency after six years and unrestricted free agency after eight years, will result in more players moving to clubs lower on the ladder and will help with equalisation.

In 2015, only four players, Scott Selwood, Matthew Suckling, Matthew Leuenberger and Dawson Simpson, moved clubs during the free agency period, with Patrick Dangerfield making his way to Geelong via a trade.

If the move is agreed upon, changes would be implemented from the 2017 season.


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