AFL 2024; John Longmire, Ross Lyon want a change to byes in AFL draw

AFL coaches are all unanimous that the competition is “uneven” and Sydney coach John Longmire wants the AFL to end in 2024 the anomaly of teams enjoying two concessions before others complete the first.

The table-topping Swans, as well as the Giants and Brisbane Lions, had their bye for the season, each playing a team yet to win the first break in an extended 25-round fixture that included an “opening round” featuring just eight teams .

On Wednesday, St Kilda coach Ross Lyon said the situation was “frustrating” with his side among those without a break yet, and spoke of “unfairness” in the entire competition, such as the lack of a “whole country”. which would select players for the next generation academy.

Longmire, who pointed to travel factors for his side and other non-Victorian sides as another factor to consider, admitted the uneven draw was something the AFL could control.

“I’m sure they’ll look at it next year,” Longmire said.

“Everyone forgets that we went straight into the season from two or three practices. We went straight in and had a nine-week block there, which was pretty solid. At the beginning of the season, we didn’t have the reputation that other teams had.

“However, I don’t think it would be ideal next year if teams had two byes and some didn’t have another one. I think in an uneven competition that has differences everywhere with travel advantages and home field advantage and all that.

“This is not an even contest. Anyone who says it is is not smart. But that might be one thing that we might be able to control as a competition worth thinking about next year.”

St Kilda will have its first bye next weekend having played 13 games and Lyon said it was one of the many “frustrating” things clubs like his had to deal with. He also pointed out the “unfairness” of the draft, which gave clubs like the Swans the ability to plunder all of NSW for talent before the draft and then relent when it came time to pick them.

“It’s not ideal. The AFL is trying to create the best for the fans and I think that is the starting point. We’re just dealing with it. It’s frustrating,” Lyon said of the one-sided draw.

“Within this competition, I don’t think we had too many handouts.

“We don’t have a whole country for NGA (Next Generation Academies). You have to be careful when you talk about injustice.

“You have to look at what you’re getting compared to others.”

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