SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: The Lions team pose with the trophy after victory in the AFLX grand final match between the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions at Allianz Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The second edition of the AFLX is set to be vastly different from the first one, with teams set to be picked by the players with club allegiances to be left at the door. understand a four-team tournament is set to take place at Etihad Stadium on Friday, February 22 next year, with ‘franchise players’ to captain each side and select their teams in a live draft before the event.

Players like Patrick Dangerfield and Scott Pendlebury would be captain material, after clubs and players welcomed the proposal put to them by the competition committee last week.

While nothing will be locked in until after the season and trade period have run their course, it looks as though the three-day event in early 2018 will be cut to just one day, and will bring all the AFL’s stars under one roof.

This year’s edition saw teams play their fringe players and draftees to give them to time on the field, while next year’s tournament could realistically see most of the game’s top 50 players play off in a round-robin concept.

Each AFLX team in 2018 had 10 players, with seven on the field at all times.