Fagan: AFLX Doesn't Engage Fans

Lions coach slams AFLX

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Not everyone is happy with AFLX, it seems.

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan says the concept doesn't engage fans and has already suggested rule changes after the abbreviated form's debut in Adelaide on Thursday night.

But what Fagan fears most is his Lions players getting injured as "guinea pigs" in an experimental game.

Coaches, players and fans appeared to lap up the new format unveiled for the first time at Coopers Stadium, with Adelaide downing Geelong by eight points in the inaugural grand final.

But Fagan still needed some convincing ahead of Saturday's six-team AFLX tournament in Sydney featuring Brisbane, saying the concept may be too fast for its own good.

The Lions mentor claimed there was no time to celebrate goals in AFLX, robbing fans a chance to become involved.

"Players enjoy playing it (AFLX) but I don't know if fans like it or not," Fagan told AAP.

"Fans love the opportunity to celebrate after a goal and in that game you can't do it because it moves too quickly.

"In cricket after a big six the crowd can carry on until the next ball is bowled a minute later but there is no gap (in AFLX) for the fans to get truly involved."

Fagan also believed the rule which awards 10 points to a goal kicked on the full outside the 40m arc should be changed.

"I am not sure if the 10-point goal is a bit easy - 40m is not a long kick at all for a professional AFL player," Fagan said. 

"Maybe give 10 points for a goal on or behind the halfway line - that is a long kick."

Fagan said the only major worry he had with AFLX was the risk of injury playing as a "guinea pig".

"The only bad side is if a club gets an injury," he said. 

"It's experimental. That's the one thing you worry about playing in a competition as a guinea pig really."

But Fagan still wanted the AFLX concept to work. 

"It's good that they are trying something new - every time you do that you learn how to make it better," he said.

"I am sure the AFL will seek feedback from clubs to help bring a better version next time but they have to start somewhere."

AAP

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