The AFL is considering cracking down on in-season meetings between coaches and opposition players by introducing US-style anti-tampering rules.
League boss Gillon McLachlan says competition officials are probing the possibility of putting a stop to direct dealings.
“There are examples of this working in American sport, anti-tampering rules,” he told Fox Footy.
“(AFL football boss) Steve Hocking and the guys are having a look at that.”
It comes after Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley’s meeting with wantaway Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch and reports surfacing of Brisbane mentor Chris Fagan sitting down with Fremantle gun Lachie Neale on Sunday.
McLachlan reiterated the get-togethers were a bad look for the sport.
“I don’t like the look of it (the meetings) and I don’t think it’s necessary,” he told Fox Footy.
“I believe managers can talk to each other and people can have discussions, but I’m not sure that it’s something that we want in the game.”
The NBA and NFL both enforce strict anti-tampering measures, making it illegal for coaches, general managers and front office staff to reach out to under-contract players or their management.
Penalties for violations are severe.
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two NFL draft picks in 2016, while Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations president Magic Johnson was recently fined twice for comments on Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
If the AFL goes down the same route clubs would be made well aware of the repercussions for breaches.
“You’d have to be clear about it (for there to be penalties),” McLachlan said.