MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats looks on during the 2018 AFL round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

AFL player manager Craig Kell has responded to Cats star Patrick Dangerfield’s call to reduce the length of the AFL fixture.

The AFLPA president said on SEN’s Whateley this morning that the concerning amount of injuries through the season is because there are too many games, suggesting a shorter season could help put a limit on casualties.

“Perhaps you should ring Patty (Patrick Dangerfield) up and say: ‘righteo mate, we’ll just take a haircut in your pay because now you’re playing less games, less TV and less coverage’ and see how he responds to that,” Kelly told SEN’s Time On.

“When I played we played each other twice and it was easy. The best competition is when you can play each other twice and have a couple of byes.

“The reality is, time wise and player fatigue wouldn’t allow it.

“It’s a big point at headquarters that they’re trying to work out a way of making a competition fair based on the fixture and it’s very hard with the number of teams that we’ve got.”