Newly-appointed Western Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains believes the trade period should only be open for one week.
The 2017 trade period finished up on Thursday after 14 business days of ‘action’ spread over three weeks after a fairly inactive first 13 days.
Bains, who has joined the Bulldogs after seven years in various roles with St Kilda, spoke on Sportsday on Monday night about the length of time the 18 AFL clubs spend involved in trade talk.
Asked on the possibility of trade period being extended and even pushed into the national draft, Bains said: “It is a bit too long.
“Personally, a seven-day period would result in the same outcomes. The extension of time would tie in with trading of picks on draft night.
“I suppose that would give clubs an opportunity to still exchange picks which would be an ok thing.
“But certainly the trading of players and picks in its current form is still probably a bit long for most.”
Bains was also quizzed on his early perception of Bulldogs’ President and Chairman Peter Gordon.
“I’ve got to know Peter, as you’d expect, a bit during this process,” he added.
“I think the club is really fortunate to have someone so loyal, committed and passionate at the helm.
“There’s a lot that Peter does and the Board do, for that matter, that gives great support to the executives of the club.
“I’m really comfortable and confident that we’ll have a great, close working relationship based on my time with Peter so far.”
Listen to Bains on Sportsday below: