Caroline Wilson

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.

New Suns CEO Mark Evans.

Mark Evans named CEO of Gold Coast Suns

The AFL's strong concerns for the embattled Gold Coast Suns has seen head office send its most senior football mind to take over the franchise club.

Simon Lethlean is highly regarded in AFL circles.

Lethlean set to replace Evans

AFL development boss Simon Lethlean looks certain to take over the game's football department in the coming days following Mark Evans' departure to the Gold Coast. With Evans' surprise move fast tracking Gillon McLachlan's plan to restructure his executive Lethlean will be rewarded in part for his key role in establishing the AFL Women's competition. It has also emerged that the league was ready to move former Gold Coast chief Travis Auld back into his old role on a caretaker basis before Evans agreed to take on the job early on Tuesday.

Classy: Dayne Beams is the new Brisbane skipper.

Beams the new Lion king

A tightly contested leadership vote at Brisbane on Monday has seen former Magpie Dayne Beams emerge as the Lions 2017 captain.

Giants coach Leon Cameron with number-five pick Will Setterfield at last year's draft.

Giants hold on Riverina raises rival clubs' anger

The AFL is facing an angry backlash from its clubs following its proposed backflip over the controversial Greater Western Sydney Academy, which would allow the Giants to retain their rich recruiting zone along the Murray River.