Mason Wood admits exploiting the shot clock for the benefit of his team.
With his team leading by just one-point with 22 seconds left in Sunday's game against the Saints at Etihad Stadium, Wood won a holding the ball free kick against Jack Newnes deep inside his forward 50.
Resembling a basketball player holding the ball in his side's frontcourt with time expiring, Wood used up all of his available 30-second time limit by keeping a close eye on the countdown clock on the scoreboard much to the chagrin of frustrated Saints supporters.
"I'm just playing within the rules and until they (the AFL) change the rules, players will keep doing it," Wood said.
Wood said the thought came to him after he watched teammate Ben Brown run down the clock in similar circumstances late in the game against Fremantle in round four.
"The runner came out and told me there was only 20 seconds left in the match, so no matter how hard the Saints fans booed I was never going to let the footy go," Wood said.