AFL star Dangerfield wants countdown clock

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Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield has called for the AFL to introduce a countdown clock on scoreboards at all grounds.

It comes following a dramatic round 19, with three games coming down to the dying seconds, one of them ending in a draw.

Richmond youngster Noah Cumberland marked just outside of the 50m arc on Friday night but decided to play on with scores level against Fremantle as the siren sounded before he had the chance to kick for goal.

A clock counting up is visible in all stadiums but players and spectators in the crowd do not know how long is left in a quarter.

Clubs attempt to put up signs and give messages to players on the ground about how much time is remaining but the system is far from perfect.

"I'm not sure why there is anyone that opposes it," Dangerfield, the AFL Players Association president, told SEN on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's an unique thing in our game, where it's like 'wow, that's pretty special to have, you don't have a clock'.

"Surely it's something we can look at going forward."

Dangerfield believes the game would still be just as exciting if the AFL broke with tradition and allowed a countdown clock to run on scoreboards.

"I don't buy into the argument that players will look at it and the game will be dull," he said.

"At the moment, the game is exciting as it's ever been, and what an incredible round of footy we've just witnessed over the weekend.

"The game's in great shape and I don't think it would in any way detract from that."

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