Reigning Melbourne Best and Fairest Max Gawn says the addition of the new rules for the 2019 season doesn’t change anything for him.
The 6-6-6 starting positions and the ability for ruckmen to take the ball out of the ruck are the rules that will most heavily affect the competition’s big men this year.
Gawn is focusing on how to take advantage of the starting positions, but says it didn’t make too much of a difference in the club’s recent hit-out against the Magpies at the Holden Centre.
“The 6-6-6 one is the main one that I’m looking at in terms of how we can utilise centre-bounce dominance,” the All-Australian told SEN’s Whateley.
“We’re still working through that, it didn’t look like there was much of a difference in the practice game against Collingwood.”
Gawn also thinks that taking the ball out of the ruck won’t change much either, but is worried it will diminish traditional ruck work.
“I just hope that one doesn’t take a turn for the worst and we stop seeing the actual art of ruck work,” he told Gerard Whateley.
“It’s something that I’m pretty passionate about is the actual art of ruck work.
“I hope we’re not just two rucks trying to grab it out of the ruck.
“It becomes a little bit messy that way so I’m still going to probably play the same way until I get someone grabbing it out against me and kicking goals.”
The Demons kick off their 2019 campaign against Port Adelaide on March 23.
Hear Gerard Whateley’s interview with Max Gawn in the player below.