MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - AUGUST 31: AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL General Manager Football Operations Steven Hocking address the media after Steve Hocking was announced as the new AFL General Manager of Football Operations at AFL House on August 31, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The AFL competition committee have finalised the recommendations to be put before the Commission regarding rule changes later this month, including 6-6-6 starting positions and a longer goal square.

Under the potential new rules, players would only have to stay in their zones for centre bounces.

AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking confirmed on Thursday that the competition committee had signed off the recommendations, which would also endorse a mid-season trade period.

Other rules set to be revised include holding the ball, contact below knees, marking and ruck contests, protected zones, deliberate out of bounds and when runners and water carriers can enter the field.

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Hocking was confident that the recommendations would result in a better brand of football.

“I feel like what’s been put in front of the Commission is well researched, it’s been trialed well beyond any of the trials that have ever gone on previously – the centre diamond was plugged in for one game and it’s now a square,” Hocking said.

“We’ve done it across multiple games, we’ve done it with AFL clubs, all the stuff that we’re putting forward is well researched. (I’m) very, very comfortable and satisfied with the work that’s been done and the response today from the comp committee I couldn’t be happier with.”

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The AFL Commission will decide on the proposed changes by October.