McLachlan torn on Good Friday AFL

The AFL is still mulling over Good Friday football, with chief executive Gillon McLachlan labelling a fixture on the Easter holiday a 50-50 shot.

The league has called for requests from clubs into its 2017 fixture, putting the only unused Friday between March and September firmly in the spotlight.

North Melbourne, Carlton, Western Bulldogs and Adelaide all have their hands in the air to play a match on the holy day.

But McLachlan is still agnostic on the idea.

“It’s 50-50,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.

“There’s a strong push for it in and around the industry but clearly we haven’t done it for a reason for some time.

“The Kangaroos and Carlton and a couple of other clubs have made big pushes.

“I’m a bit divided. I’d love to be watching a game of footy by 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

“But there are others that it’s a very important day to.”

The Christian holy day and legislated public holiday falls on April 14 next year, which is likely to be round four, giving the AFL fixturing flexibility to consider several options.

Carlton’s involvement in the now-traditional season-opener with Richmond complicated the scenario for the 2016 fixture, when Good Friday fell on March 25.

Irrespective of whether Good Friday footy gets the nod, the AFL’s most godly side will return to Fridays in 2017.

St Kilda have been earmarked for a return to the Friday night – a stage they’ve played on just once in the last two years – on the back of spirited performances this season.

“Teams get rewarded for consistent performance this year,” McLachlan said.

“You’ll find the teams that have been rebuilding get more Sunday games … St Kilda are going the right way.

“They’re going pretty well St Kilda this year which means they’ll get a couple of Friday nights which means less Sundays.”

The Saints sit 10th, 8-8 in the win-loss, ahead of Saturday’s match against Western Bulldogs.

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