GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Suns coach Rodney Eade looks on during the round seven AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at Metricon Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade believes the sub rule should be brought back to help teams disadvantaged by injured players.

Eade says that with the improved and stricter enforcement of the concussion rule, more players will be ruled out of matches leaving teams disadvantaged on match days.

Eade suggested a four man interchange bench with a sub could work.

“I’ve thought about it a bit,” Eade told

“I can see concussion becoming more and more prevalent.

“The protocol they go through, and that’s good for the AFL to do it, players are getting ruled out quicker.

“The AFL are going to be really strong on the concussion interpretation and some teams will lose two a week with concussion, and that will happen, there’s no doubt that will happen.

“We’ve got to protect players, but by the same token, it’s going to be unfair on teams.”

Eade also suggested that the replaced player should not be eligible to play the following week.


  1. I think you can have 4 player bench + 1 sub. Sub can only be activated for a serious injury only eg: concussion or worse. Players can play through corkies depending on how severe or location. But must be a follow on implication to stop clubs from using this sub as a tactic and making a false injury such as the player must miss the following weeks game

  2. What about other injuries does a sub get used then as well?
    Years ago NRL had reserves players back up as subs… Before NRL started using interchange
    I think 4 interchange and up to 3 listed reserves (emergency players) who have or must play (draw depending) but a player can only sub in a max of say 4 games
    Otherwise teams will Rort it

  3. Why dont we just let every player on a list attend game day. Just in case. What if a ruckman goes down and your sub is a small forward.

    Or. Orrrr. Maybe. We just leave the game alone for a bit.

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