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New Sherrin to help players kick ball better

  • New Sherrin to help players kick ball better

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: A Sherrin AFL ball is seen prior to a Sydney Swans AFL training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 30, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The team at Russell Athletic, led by managing director Chris Lambert are in the process of making a new Sherrin that will allow players to kick the ball better.

Instead of having a pointy end of the ball, Russell Athletic is looking at adding a "sweet spot" and will trial it at local club's throughout the year.

Speaking on RSN Radio, Lambert said the new ball would be unlikely to be used in the AFL.

"That will aid and assist in training off-field with a view to hopefully improving on-field kicking," Lambert said.

"We've been around for 136 years since Tommy Sherrin invented the first AFL ball.

"We're just working on concepts we hope will assist with skill development."

"It is in a prototype stage and we're actually still in testing," he said.

While the Sherrin remains iconic, Lambert said that the ball won't be having too many drastic changes made to it.

"It's not going to be round, put it that way,"

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