RICHMOND skipper Trent Cotchin has backed shorter quarters remaining, saying the slicing of game time has minimal impact on matches.
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Quarters have been cut by four minutes - from 20 to 16 minutes plus time-on - this year to assist the AFL get through its 2020 campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AFL won't make a call on whether the overall cut of about 20 minutes from games is kept beyond this year, but Cotchin, who has skippered the Tigers to their 2017 and 2019 premierships, said the move could assist the longevity of a player's career.
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"I think it's good, it didn't seem to impact the game substantially in round one," the 30-year-old told SEN radio.
"I'm rapt with it. I am getting a little bit older, so the shorter the game, the better for me. I don't think it will change the game too much."
The Tigers will kick-off the AFL's season reboot in under two weeks when they face Collingwood at the MCG on Thursday, June 11.
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They returned to full-scale contact training this week but have not been immune to injury as sessions ramped up, with first-year speedster Noah Cumberland out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Thursday.
Cotchin said it was difficult to know how players will cope with the quick return to games after a three-month gap since round one was played in March.
"Given it's not the norm, there's obviously an area of grayness," he said.
"We don't know exactly how it's going to look or feel, but with regards to our program in the 'iso' phase, our program was heavily focused on injury prevention and ensuring we're doing enough work that when we do return to play, hopefully we've loaded all the areas you typically get in a game."