“I feel so [that there was enough consultation],” McLachlan mentioned on Friday. “We now have a contest committee that met usually by way of the yr with illustration from the overwhelming majority of the golf equipment.
“I definitely have had suggestions from the comp committee that there have been no surprises within the choices [the rule changes] to them.”
On state league angst about zones he mentioned: “We now have at all times trialled guidelines within the VFL and different competitions. I perceive individuals do not like change however I really feel it is the appropriate place to be doing that.”
The problem for AFL football boss Steven Hocking and the competition committee, McLachlan mentioned, was knock-on results of rule modifications.
“Everybody sitting within the calm mild of day needs much less congestion they usually’re working by way of that in the way in which they suppose is one of the best ways,” he mentioned.
McLachlan additionally mentioned he believed the gamers loved the condensed a part of the fixture in 2020, and there was an urge for food for it once more from golf equipment.
No resolution has been made for the timing of subsequent yr’s grand last both, he mentioned, leaving the door open for one more evening affair.
He mentioned it might be extremely unlikely 2020 would have 16-minute quarters and that the league isn’t planning or forecasting for hubs in 2021, though there are contingencies for that if want be.
McLachlan mentioned the fixture could possibly be launched later than standard to present extra certainty in a quick altering panorama.
“Our plan and our begin date will probably be 18 March subsequent yr, 22-round season,” McLachlan mentioned.
“We glance into 2021 figuring out COVID will nonetheless be round. We’re going to must work by way of it to an extent. How pervasive it’s and what the impacts are we do not know.
“The later we will launch the fixture the extra certainty we may give our golf equipment, our gamers and our supporters.”
McLachlan mentioned the AFLW season was equally fluid however a fixture would have to be launched in early December so gamers could make work plans earlier than the early February begin.
In the meantime, the AFL has launched plans for a $225 million Marvel Stadium revamp along with the state authorities.
This consists of new lighting, new outside communal areas, female and male change rooms, new entrances, revamped concourse areas and upgrades to the stadium’s exterior.
“When development begins we can begin with the video games ongoing,” he mentioned. “The seating bowl will probably be largely unaffected.”
Anthony is a sports activities reporter at The Age.