HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Alan Richardson, coach of the Saints speaks to his team during a quarter time break during the round 16 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the St Kilda Saints at Blundstone Arena on July 07, 2019 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Former Fremantle and Gold Coast midfielder Michael Barlow believes modern players are being over-coached.

Barlow recently worked with the Victorian Country U18’s boys’ side and noted the program has access to elite software that is used at the top level to critique and analyse players.

“Rightly or wrongly, there is access to their vision at that level. We’ve got to be very delicate and careful in terms of how much (access to vision),” Barlow told SEN Afternoons.

Barlow, however, said the Vic Country program allowed the players to play their own game and develop their own style.

“I think there is a good balance there, they get a bit of exposure but there is still that instinct aspect,” said Barlow.