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We don’t want “keepings off” – Danger

Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PATRICK Dangerfield expects the new man on the mark rule to have an impact, but he hopes it doesn’t turn the AFL into a game of “keepings off”.

Under the new interpretation, a player standing the mark will no longer be able to move laterally, with the AFL hoping to open up the game to encourage more scoring.

“I think we’re going to see games where there’s a lot of marks that are being taken,” he told K rock’s Fresh Daily. 

“That doesn’t necessarily – for me, anyway – equate to a better spectacle. I think we’ll need a greater sample size to pass judgement.

“But we’ve just got to make sure that we don’t want to turn it into a game of keepings off.

“The contest is still an important and critical part of what makes our game unique and fascinating to watch and generates the highlights that we all enjoy.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Patrick Dangerfield.