Essendon Bombers’ Dylan Shiel backs shortened matches

Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel believes the AFL’s shortened matches will see the game’s best players feature more and prolong their careers.

Richmond host Carlton at the MCG in Thursday night’s AFL season opener, with the new 17-round format set to be played behind closed doors indefinitely, with shortened 16-and-a-half minute quarters plus time-on.

Essendon’s Dylan Shiel says shortened games will mean the best players play more.Credit:AAP

Bombers star Shiel, 27, thinks shortened matches will require less training and even allow top players to feature in more games over a season.

“Now it’s been forced upon us, I’m actually an advocate for the shorter games, and trying to play as many games as possible,” Shiel told RSN radio.


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