So Fyfe lost his appeal after all - unsurprising. The footage was bad. And it is a relief that we can stop lamenting a great Brownlow injustice.
Agree with Gene. Rather than there not being enough talent, I think there's more than enough but only so many players can be developed by whatever system exists. Fewer clubs would mean fewer spots, fewer contracts, and soon enough fewer players aspiring to the AFL. The bottom tier of professional players will always be several steps below the top - that gradation happens in cricket in the space of 20 national contracts.
But there are so many good players who were overlooked until they appeared through other avenues. Geelong have been the league's best at finding their own, Sydney have been brilliant at recycling underrated or underperforming players from elsewhere. Mathew Stokes, as mentioned, is now an elite midfielder. Why? Because he got a shot and has years of work and training behind him.
I like your sentiments, Olivia, especially around coaching. A quarter of the list per year sounds dramatic, maybe a quarter of a playing 22 might be more manageable. Long-term stuff, either way.