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AFL boss reveals ‘likely’ change to free agency

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has all but confirmed lifetime free agency will be introduced at the end of the season.

It means a player will become a free agent for life once they qualify the first time.

Currently, players can only move as a free agent after spending at least six years at the one club, regardless of age.

The league chief executive said free agency rules would “broadly” stay the same, bar that change.

“I think the most likely … I might as well just talk about it … is lifetime free agency,” McLachlan revealed on 3AW Mornings.

“Once somebody has moved under free agency I think it’s just logical they become a free agent and can move on three or four year deals.

“It’s very rare that it’d be used but I think it’s a logical change.”

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