West Coast wingman Chris Masten has given the AFL a whack for a lack of consultation with players about potential rule changes.
The league‚Äôs football operations manager Steve Hocking yesterday announced that there were at least six rule changes being considered for next season in a bid to ease the congested nature of this season‚Äôs fixtures.
The changes are set to be recommended to the AFL commission for consideration meetings over the next two months.
But the news has not been well received across the league.
Speaking on Melbourne-based Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday, Masten said the players felt like they had no voice in the discussion.
He was highly critical of both the league‚Äôs decision-making process and the idea of any further rule changes.
‚ÄúI think the AFL is ridiculous. Just leave the sport alone and it will get figured out,‚ÄĚ the 29-year-old said.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt agree with it, I think it‚Äôs stupid but they‚Äôre going to do what they‚Äôre going to do.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know, maybe I‚Äôm a bit old-fashioned but I like the sport the way it is.
He said the players felt overlooked.
‚ÄúPlayers have no input in the rules, the AFL literally just do what they want,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúEspecially coming from Western Australia, it‚Äôs as if we‚Äôre irrelevant over here, so no one is going to listen.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been around for long enough now to realise that we‚Äôre pretty much irrelevant, we just rock up on game day.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got no say.‚ÄĚ