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AFL to have 'good look' at Good Friday football in 2017

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

FOOTY on Good Friday could be played next season.

Speaking at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the League would "have a good look" at the issue ahead of the 2017 season.

McLachlan hinted Good Friday football might have been considered for this season had the opening round not fallen on the Easter weekend.

"We didn't play again this year because Easter is the opening round and there's a few games we play – Richmond-Carlton to open the season and Hawthorn-Geelong on Easter Monday," he said.

"We'll have a good look at that for next year.

"Given Easter doesn't open (next season) there'll be a better look at it."

While the AFL starts its season on Thursday, and then plays again on Saturday, rival NRL is staging a blockbuster on Good Friday with reigning champions North Queensland facing the 2015 runner-up Brisbane Broncos.

McLachlan said it was time for Gold Coast to make a finals push after five seasons in the AFL competition.

"They need to start playing finals sooner rather than later," he said.

"The club expects that; I know the playing group expects that. It's time.

"That's not me saying that, that's what the players are telling me and what the club is telling me."

Speaking at the launch of 150 years of Australian football in Queensland, McLachlan said the League would also discuss upping initial draft contracts from two years to three.

"I think it's worth having a look at," he said.

"I haven't thought whether it's a good or bad idea. I know it will get discussed.

"It's been tabled by a number of clubs. I'm not sure all clubs support it. It's a good discussion."