West Coast’s Beau Waters has today joined the AFL’s Laws of the Game Committee as the current player representative.
The club’s vice-captain will replace Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich as a current player on the committee after Pavlich stepped down from the role last year.
As a premiership player and member of the 2012 All-Australian team, Waters said he is hoping to provide a current perspective to the committee.
“Even over my career, the game’s changed so much,” Waters said. “Being a current player, hopefully I’ve got a relatively good understanding of where the game’s at and what things are feasible and what things may not be.
“The game has evolved very quickly, and with the aid of technology and some different resources, the level of accountability in the game is at its highest and I think in changing too many rules, we might risk ironing out too many of the creases, rather than allowing the game iron them out naturally.
“I am very excited about the proposition of working on a committee with such an elite group, but also working with some guys who can determine the future of how the game’s played while still keeping the essence of what AFL footy’s about.”
AFL’s Gillon McLachlan made the public announcement today.
"The AFL greatly values the contributions of current players, and the wider AFLPA, to the important discussions around the laws of the game, and is pleased that Beau will join the laws panel,” McLachlan said.
The Laws of the Game Committee going forward will comprise Gill McLachlan (acting current chairman), Kevin Bartlett, Joel Bowden, Leigh Matthews, Luke Power, Rowan Sawers, Michael Sexton, Beau Waters and Shane McCurry (secretary).