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Waters in no rush to rewrite rules
Waters in no rush to rewrite rules

West Coast vice-captain Beau Waters has been named as the players' representative on the AFL laws committee, but says he won't be advocating for the return of the shirt front.

Waters succeeds Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich, who stepped down late last year.

He joins Gillon McLachlan, Kevin Bartlett, Joel Bowden, Leigh Matthews, Luke Power, Rowan Sawers, Michael Sexton and secretary Shane McCurry.

The 26-year-old, who is studying for an MBA, said he would be listening rather than talking at early meetings.

"It is a very illustrious group and no doubt it will give me a great insight into the laws of the game," he said.

"Technology and the resources available to AFL teams have enhanced a team's ability to change and evolve.

"For me, it will be good to understand from the AFL's perspective where they want that to go and whether they continue to change or whether they let those creases iron themselves out.

"I don't have enough data on why the AFL rules committee has changed the rules in the past.

"I am really looking forward to sitting down with the guys and understanding where they are coming from rather than me running up like a rat up a drain pipe."

He joked that it was good to retain a WA-based voice on the committee.

"It is good to keep the players' role in WA, a long way from Victoria," he said.

Waters didn't expect the role would affect his football, despite the added burden of his studies.

"I enjoy the challenge of time management," he said. "Things like this tie in with my study.

"It is a challenging prospect to work on a committee at a national level, work with players and be a voice for them.

"I more look forward to the fact that I will be stretching myself. I can't see my football suffering."

The West Australian

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