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Karina Vakil - Curtin University  February 12, 2018 8:07 PM

Michael Walters will headline a list of senior players selected for AFLX on Thursday.

Fremantle’s Michael Walters said he is excited for the upcoming inaugural AFLX competiton starting at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide on Thursday.

Walters said the interesting new concept is a good way to bring more people into watching AFL as well as a great opportunity for players to improve their skills.

“It’s a new thing that AFL are bringing in and it’s something that will suit a lot of younger players coming through,” Walters said.

“The cricket have got the Big Bash and Rugby have got the sevens, so it’s a good concept that the AFL is bringing in.”

AFLX is described as an express game with only seven players on a rectangular field featuring modified rules for a quicker flashier game.

Walters said the game will be more physically taxing but he is interested to see how the game and other teams play.

“It’s far more taxing, you’re running up and down and once you get a turnover you have to run to defend and be very quick,” Walters said.

“It will be interesting to see what it is like against the other teams.”

With round one of the NAB AFL season starting at the end of March, Walters said he’s looking forward to improving and learning new skills through the AFLX competition.

“It gets you ready, whether it’s JLT (series) or this new concept AFLX, little ways to make you improve in, whether your running skills or under pressure as well,” Walters said.

“So it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

The trial tournament will also feature game-day fireworks, in-game commentary, music DJs, and kids and family zones to attract a younger audience.

Walters said he is excited for the tournament and to see families gather for the event.

Fremantle will play against Pool A clubs; Geelong and Port Adelaide in Adelaide on Thursday, 15 February.