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AFL considers draft shakeup to help cellar-dwellers

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The AFL may consider adding extra draft picks for struggling clubs in a bid to return long-suffering teams to finals contention.

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While the pick would be unlikely to come in the first round, additional bonuses could be added in later rounds of the national draft.

“I have held a view that the first 18 picks should be retained by the 18 clubs in the reverse order of the ladder,” head of operations Mark Evans told 3AW last night.

“I think there is something worth looking at as to whether there is an extra pick somewhere for either sides not in the finals or maybe repeatedly not in finals.”

Gold Coast, Brisbane, Collingwood, Melbourne and St Kilda will miss at least their third straight finals series this season, while Greater Western Sydney will break their drought in 2016.

Evans’ comments come after Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch accused the league of not doing enough to help struggling clubs such as his own.

-AAP

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