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MRP changes expected by Xmas

Steve Hocking is expected to make changes to the MRP - Geelong Cats,Tribunal
Steve Hocking is expected to make changes to the MRP

THE AFL Commission is expected to rule on significant changes being proposed to the League's Match Review Panel system later this month.

Newly installed football operations general manager Steve Hocking is driving the proposed changes with a fresh perspective having come straight out of club land.

Among the possible modifications:

- Faster rulings on incidents with next-day turnaround for Thursday and Friday night games
- The ability for clubs to challenge MRP rulings without risking an extra week's suspension
- A new configuration of Panel members to allow for faster decisions 

"It's something that we're working towards," Hocking told  

"We've done a fair bit of work already, in the last month, got some good people working on that and there's a whole range of stakeholders we need to work through."  

It's hoped the refreshed system will be fully revealed by the summer break. 

"We've got a Commission meeting in the middle of December, and we'll put it in front of them and also the key executives before it's finalised," Hocking said.  

"Still a bit of work to be done, but certainly before Christmas we should have it ironed out."

Hocking's former club Geelong was at the centre of one of the year's most controversial MRP rulings when the Cats decided against challenging the one-match ban offered to superstar Patrick Dangerfield for a dangerous tackle on Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

The Cats risked an extra week on the sidelines if they challenged, but in accepting the ban it meant Dangerfield became ineligible to win back-to-back Brownlow Medals.

The gun midfielder ended up three votes behind Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.

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