THE BAN on clubs interviewing NAB AFL Draft prospects will be lifted later this month as recruiters start to resume work around the competition.
The AFL suspended interviews between clubs and draft hopefuls in March when under-18 competitions were put on hold due to COVID-19.
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But with clubs beginning to recall their list management teams in recent weeks and over the next period, the AFL has opened up the time to interview players again.
From June 27 clubs will be able to interview players via online methods, with no home visits permitted.
Clubs will only be allowed to interview a player a single time, so for instance South Australian prospect and potential Adelaide father-son pick Luke Edwards will not be able to be interviewed by any club more than once for the time being.
They will need to lodge their interviews with the AFL beforehand so the League can monitor each prospect's load.
In recent years they have always submitted their interviews in a centralised online system to ensure no prospects are being over-interviewed by recruiters.
The League has opened up the mid-year interview window to be in sync with the school holiday period for draftees who are completing their year 12 studies.
The interviewing rules will be reassessed after six weeks to see if more flexibility can be added if social gathering restrictions continue to be eased.