In an interview with the Herald Sun, Eade suggested the league should implement a rule where three players from each side must be in both 50 metre arcs at a stoppage to reduce the number of players around the ball at a ball-up.
“I suggested it three or four years ago on the Rules of the Game Committee and I saw Mark Evans trialled it with St Kilda,’’ he told the Herald Sun.
“It’s just having starting points at stoppages, you don’t have to draw any lines. I hate the word zone because it’s only for stoppages.
“So you could say it’s three players for each side at every stoppage — centre bounces, kick-ins, throw-ins, ball-ups. When the ball is in play there must be three of each team inside 50.
“As a coach I am not going to want Tom Lynch in the back pocket when I know he is about to have to run back.
“So you are more likely to have that spread-out effect. Not as much as in the ‘70s or ‘80s but a bit more than we have at the moment.”
Eade then suggested a team would be penalised with a free-kick against if a it did not have three players in each arc by the time of a stoppage.
“It’s about starting points which supporters wouldn’t notice. There would be some free kicks early but it would be a big penalty so quickly players wouldn’t do it,” he said.