Essendon coach Brad Scott has floated the idea of picks being made available for purchase and live player trading as some of the ways the AFL could further spice up its draft.
Scott, who was the AFL’s head of football before taking the Essendon job, believes these mechanisms would encourage teams to make more deals.
“If it was something like ‘we’ll trade our future first-round selection plus three or four hundred thousand dollars of salary cap space’, I think a lot more deals would get done,” he told AFL.com.au.
“Whether you agree with free agency compensation or the AFL’s assistance package for some clubs, pick purchasing potentially moves the need for any of that.
“Is the industry ready for the trading of players on the night? If a player gets taken in the first five rounds, could they potentially on-trade them? Those are things I think we should all talk about.
“But right at the moment, the North Melbourne assistance package is a good place to start because if there was pick purchasing, you’d assume that if you’re down the bottom end of the ladder, you should have some cap space.
“So that would enable clubs to get their own compensation pick, rather than asking the AFL for help.”
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