Players have their eye on a “money nugget” in the AFL’s Magic Round as states go to war over pitching

AFL clubs are preparing for an additional round of football next year in a possible Magic Round that would replace the previous season’s games.

The proposal is similar to NRL’s Magic Round, with all games being played in a city outside of Victoria. 7NEWS reporter Tom Browne says players like the idea and are willing to rake in a “fair chunk of money” from the concept.

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Browne said it’s an extremely exciting concept but the AFL is still 50-50 on the schedule.

“Players – are open to it – they would get extra money, and support clubs. They would (also) get a little bit more money,” Browne said.

“For the AFL, it helps the game grow and is a good marketing move. SA lobbied hard, as did WA and NSW.”

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said: “That’s something we’ve been looking at. It went to the commission on Tuesday.

AFL Chief Gillon McLachlan and Patrick Dangerfield after the 2022 AFL Grand Finals at the MCG. Recognition: Getty Images

“I think there is a good dynamic, but we have to solve some problems for the commission.”

The AFL has about five days to decide whether to go ahead with the game nearing release for the 2023 season.

Browne said the AFL was crunching the numbers but there were some game problems, like Easter Monday’s blockbuster between Geelong and Hawthorn, traditionally played at the MCG.

States are taking off their gloves on their pitches to host the round, with South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas recently potting spectators at the New South Wales venues.

Isaac Heeney with Sydney fans after the prelim finals at the SCG. Recognition: AFL photos/via Getty Images

“I’ve been pretty blunt with Gill and others. (I said) ‘If you guys host that in New South Wales these guys can’t get half a stadium full for an ordinary NRL game let alone an AFL game,'” Malinauskas said on FIVEaa radio.

“If that goes to Sydney, people are going to turn on their TVs and see 600 people in western Sydney watching Freo v Brisbane, while we’re going to put on a hell of a show here in Adelaide, so we know people are going to show up to to watch.

“We believe South Australia offers an opportunity to de-risk a new way of delivering the game to ensure it is a huge success that works well for the AFL but more importantly the state in general.

“Part of my frustration is … and I don’t want to undermine the AFL’s efforts to expand the game into non-AFL states, but we also can’t forget our base.”

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James Brien

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