Experienced coaches with solid finals records don't come around every day. Which is why Port Adelaide envisaged a world without Ken Hinkley, did not like what it saw and responded accordingly.
Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for The Age since 1999. She was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football on a full-time basis and the first woman to win the AFL's gold media award. She has won the AFL Players' Association's football writer of the year (1999) and the AFL Media Association's most outstanding football writer and most outstanding feature writer (2000, 2003, 2005). In 2014 she won the Melbourne Press Club's Graham Perkin award as Australian journalist of the year. She also won a MPC Quill Award in 2003.
Ken Hinkley has received a three-year contract extension at Port Adelaide, ending speculation that he will join the Gold Coast Suns as coach.
Gold Coast have made a move on Ken Hinkley in a bid to lure him to the club as their long-term senior coach.
Josh Kelly is expected to re-sign with Greater Western Sydney for two years after the Giants' semi-final against West Coast.
Simon Lloyd has emerged as the front runner to take over as Geelong's head of football next month with the Cats forced to restructure its department following the impending departure of Steve Hocking.
Port Adelaide chief Keith Thomas is standing firm over Ken Hinkley, saying he would not allow the Power senior coach to meet Gold Coast.
Richmond football boss Neil Balme flew to New Zealand to visit Dustin Martin's father Shane on the eve of the Tiger star's crucial family meeting which ultimately sealed his decision to remain at the club.
Essendon made their peace — in financial terms at least — with the last two members of the suspended 34 on the eve of the finals.
Gillon McLachlan has vowed to find football grounds in Sydney for junior players being turned away by local clubs due to a critical shortage of facilities.
You might remember Peggy O'Neal. She was president of the Richmond Football Club this time last year — a time of crisis for the Tigers when not one but two groups were targeting the board in general and O'Neal specifically.