Former St Patrick's College student and 1957 Brownlow medal winner Brian Gleeson has called on the AFL to cut the number of players on field to 16 per team to free up the game.
Speaking to the first podcast of the St Patrick's College Old Collegians Association, the former St Kilda star lamented the way defence-first thinking is limiting the skills of the game.
"I feel for the very good players like (Dustin) Martin at Richmond and (Patrick) Dangerfield at Geelong," Gleeson said.
"The game is geared to give the defender the advantage.
"People sit on one another in terms of when they go in to grab the ball and they push them and run them into the ground and they're very tightly held these days. So, their brilliance is probably knocked off a bit."
In the podcast, Gleeson reflects fondly on his days at St Patrick's College between 1947 and 1952, on the life-long friendships he made and on his extended football career outside the VFL.
To listen, visit www.stpats.vic.edu.au/old-collegians/podcasts