I reckon Gil has telegraphed his intentions on this.
From the Herald Sun:
Gillon McLachlan would like a system that helps bottom clubs improve quicker
JAY CLARK, Herald Sun
May 31, 2017 9:17pm
AFL chief executive Gill McLachlan says he wants to help cut the length of time rebuilding clubs such as Brisbane spend in the doldrums.
The Lions received an end-of-first-round priority draft pick last year and remain tied to the bottom of the ladder with only one win.
Forward Josh Schache, 19, is weighing up a move home to Victoria but McLachlan said he would be unfazed by his departure if the Lions can take advantage at the trade table.
While McLachlan believed the competition had become more even and unpredictable, he said five years was a long time to spend rebooting in the lower part of the ladder.
“I would (like to) have an improvement in the system so that teams could improve quicker,” McLachlan said.
“Brisbane are on the bottom at the moment, they have been down there for two or three years and it is a long haul for them to turn that list around and to get back competing at the top.
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“They’re probably halfway through their turnaround. I would love a system where clubs could – when they get in a bad spot – they could turn around quicker.
“It’s a long time - five years - and it’s hard for people to stick fat.”
IMO what he is talking about is taking the concept of the compromised drafts we have just been through with GCS and GWS and applying a version of that on a 'much' smaller scale.
In the near future we will see some arbitrary decision making process that allows the AFL to gift multiple (i.e. 3-5) top 10/15 picks to a club that has been 'not tanking' for consecutive years.