Raise draft age from 18 now, says Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge

Western Bulldogs premiership coach Luke Beveridge says lifting the minimum draft age from 18 is an “absolute no-brainer” decision that should be carried out immediately.

Beveridge believes football’s coronavirus shutdown, which has put all senior and underage competitions on hold, provided a perfect window in which to implement the change.

“Every other year, as much as I’d advocated for the draft age to be lifted, I was finding it hard to work through how you’d actually do it,” Beveridge told SEN on Tuesday.

“But now because none of the pathway programs are playing and training it just makes absolute sense – if we feel strongly enough about it and the benefits we’ll get from it – to just go ahead and do it.”


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