Gold Coast Suns CEO Mark Evans has made a shock submission to the AFL, asking that all Victorian clubs play their first home final at interstate venues as the league works toward its competitive balance review.

With the home of football, the MCG, locked away to host the Grand Final until the end of 2057 (compensatory years of 2058 and 2059 due to COVID), Evans believes that the price for that right should be that the 10 Victorian clubs play week one of the finals away from their home ground.

According to Herald Sun's Jon Ralph, the Suns' CEO put in a detailed submission to the AFL suggesting this radical solution whilst also defending its academy access to local talent.

“He says that if the Grand Final is to stay at the MCG until 2059, then Victorian clubs must play the first week of their home finals games away,” Fox Footy's Jon Ralph said on the channel's Midweek Tackle.

“They are fighting words from Mark Evans, it's a bold ultimatum to the AFL and to the Victorian clubs as a part of that submission.

“He says that if we do get to 24 weeks, as we might when Tasmania comes in, he says that those extra games that are created must be at non-Victorian venues.

“The whole point of this of course is to show that if we flip the script, all of a sudden if those Victorian teams had to play an away Grand Final they'd be up in arms. I think the non-Victorian teams think that it is a rort and it's only a rort if you're not in it. The non-Victorian teams are not in it.”

Evans believes that despite the contract lasting for another three decades, it can be "altered or broken", according to Ralph, and that a series of three matches, similar to American sports, can help ensure equity in the game.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Darcy Moore of the Magpies and Harris Andrews of the Lions hold aloft the 2023 Premiership Cup during the 2023 AFL Grand Final Parade on September 29, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Since 2000, 14 deciders have been played against a Victorian and non-Victorian club, to which the AFL's heartland holds the ascendancy 9-5, which also included three-peats to Brisbane (2001-03) against Collingwood and Essendon as well as Hawthorn's miraculous run (2013-15) against Fremantle, Sydney and West Coast.