Out-of-contract St Kilda defender Shane Savage appears poised to remain at the Saints in 2018 after being offered a new deal by the club.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter.
Tickets for both preliminary finals have sold out, as frantic fans swooped on Monday in the hope of securing a coveted seat.
Geelong defender Tom Stewart and Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern were both set for tests this week to determine their availability for Friday night's preliminary final at Adelaide Oval.
Having issued a reminder on Friday night that he may still be the AFL's best player, Patrick Dangerfield is looking ahead to a preliminary final showdown against his former club Adelaide with a simple message: "Bring it on."
Geelong's defenders made a pact before Friday night's semi-final against Sydney to ensure the curtain didn't fall on Tom Lonergan's career in the veteran backman's absence.
Whatever happens in this match it will be a breakthrough of sorts. Richmond – after more than three decades in the wilderness – are on the verge of returning to the grand final for the first time since 1982.
Geelong's best player at the MCG was a man who hadn't played an AFL game in more than 10 years.
A look at the big issues surrounding Saturday night's Spotless Stadium semi-final.
Geelong's Darcy Lang has been named to play his first senior game in more than two and a half months, while Steve Johnson is also set to feature on semi-final weekend after being handed a September lifeline by Greater Western Sydney.
AFL Victoria has encouraged North Ballarat to follow the lead of Frankston by recovering from having their VFL licence revoked.