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Geelong utility Mark Blicavs is a dan of the bounce

REGISTER one vote in favour of keeping the centre bounce next to the name of Geelong utility Mark Blicavs.

The Cats' pinch-hitting ruckman likes the unpredictability the centre bounce creates and would be happy if it remained.

"I reckon keep it," Blicavs said.

"I tend to ruck better if it's a lower bounce. Other ruckmen tend to ruck better if it's a higher bounce so it keeps it interesting and changes from ground to ground."

AFL umpires are pushing for the centre bounce to be removed to increase the potential pool of AFL umpires as well as reduce stress and injury for umpires who spend significant time trying to master the unique skill.

Several coaches are also in favour of removing the bounce because of its potential to create an unfair advantage during key moments of the game and Essendon's Tom Bellchambers was one ruckman to support the idea on Twitter.

However, Blicavs expressed a different view on his visit to Diversitat in Norlane at the Cats' Australia Post Community Camp.

"I like the centre bounce. It's good [and] part of the game." 

He is unlikely to complain though if it is removed given his attitude to the 'third man up' being banned in 2017.

Blicavs has gone 'third man up' more than any other player in the competition in recent seasons with the makeshift ruckman winning the club's best and fairest in 2015.

But he says if anything the change in rule has simplified his role.

"[It's] allowed me personally to concentrate more on the one role, whether that is wing or inside mid, and trying to really lock down that rather than just going third up and trying to release my teammates," Blicavs said.

He coped with the change last Friday night against Hawthorn although he fears he might give away a free kick at some stage if his instincts kick in.

"I reckon I will have a lapse during the season where I just see the ball and hit it and give away a free kick but I will hold off as long as is possible," Blicavs said.