Mark Blicavs of the Cats.
Mark Blicavs of the Cats. JULIAN SMITH

Cats ruckman pokes fun after AFL's ruck rule change

AFL: Mark Blicavs' biggest and most valuable on-field asset has been taken away from him by the AFL.

But instead of lashing out, the Geelong utility produced a cheekily clever reaction to the league's shock decision to ban the "third man up” at all ruck contests.

It's a radical rule change ticked off by the AFL Commission after being originally proposed by the Laws of the Game Committee.

With only nominated ruckmen now able to compete at a contest for a throw-in or ball-up, it is a major blow for the Cats and Blicavs, who have used the tactic more than most in recent seasons.

Blicavs was the most frequent third man up in 2016, averaging six attempts per game - more than double the man in second place, Port Adelaide's Ollie Wines.

So when Blicavs heard the news that his favourite tactic had been outlawed for the 2017 season, the tall Cat was quick to cheekily sound out jobs website Seek: "Officially announcing my retirement from the game effective immediately #threesacrowd @seekjobs.”

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