I have had this idea floating around in my mind for some time and felt it was time to get some feed back to see if my idea is feasible.
League coaches often wish they had a fourth person sitting on the bench. Well my idea is to promote a player who has already played at least 50% of the reserves game and played at least 15minutes of the last quarter. The reason being some clubs would sit a player in the dug out for the whole last quarter to save him for the main game.
This idea is to help if 3 injuries occur during the main game and the players are definitely unable to return to the game.
The idea would need some fine-tuning but could work. It would give the SANFL.something to think about.
Thanks Tony. The reality is that not all the Clubs want 4 on the bench at present (we are in favour of having 4 on the bench), and until the Clubs are in favour, we'll stay with 3. However, I think you may be on the right track, or as they do in the VFL, play an under 18 as a spare player on the bench in case of injury issues, therefore not impacting on salary cap etc.