Emma Quayle joined The Age as a cadet journalist in 1999 and has been covering football since 2001. She has won awards from the Australian Football Media Association and AFL Players Association for her feature writing, and specialised for many years in covering junior football and the AFL draft. Emma's two books - The Draft and Nine Lives (the story of former Essendon wingman Adam Ramanauskas' battle with cancer) - were published in 2008 and 2010.
Emma Quayle This year's draft is 10 months away, but AFL Academy players have been hard at work in the US, trying to learn how to live and train like AFL players.
Emma Quayle Sydney forward Lance Franklin will have surgery this week to repair a niggling finger injury.
Emma Quayle Jake Carlisle has begun to win his new teammates at St Kilda over with his hard work on the training track, after a couple of early missteps.
Emma Quayle St Kilda will move back to the club's spiritual home at Moorabbin, with the Victorian government increasing its investment in the new development.
Emma Quayle Josh Dunkley had a decision to make, for most of this year. Sydney, or the draft? The draft, or Sydney? In the end it didn't matter.
Emma Quayle The 'protected area' surrounding players could be doubled next year, with the AFL looking at new ways to open games up and keep them moving.
Emma Quayle Daniel Lloyd was disappointed when after spending his school holidays training with the Western Bulldogs for four years, he didn't get to go on and play a game there.
Emma Quayle Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney were both able to sign a dozen 17-year-olds as part of their list concessions ahead of entering the competition. Here's where they are now.
Emma Quayle The 2015 off-season is over, and clubs have their complete lists in place for 2016. Here are some of the talking points from the national and rookie drafts.
Emma Quayle Collingwood used their first selection in Friday's rookie draft on Lachlan Keeffe because they suspected Essendon was interested in the suspended defender.
Emma Quayle Free agency has rendered the pre-season almost irrelevant, with no club to make a selection in Friday's draft for the first time.
Emma Quayle The 2015 draft season ends on Friday, with the rookie draft. Here are some players who might get their chance.
Emma Quayle Why Josh Dunkley was passed up by Sydney at Tuesday's AFL draft.
Emma Quayle Every AFL club's draft selections analysed.
Emma Quayle Essendon's new group of recruits will add to the feeling of energy and optimism around the club, list manager Adrian Dodoro said after overseeing one of the club's most important drafts in recent...
Emma Quayle The 2015 draft could become a turning point for any of the 18 clubs. But it could become an especially important night for Carlton, Essendon and Melbourne.
Emma Quayle Age football writer Emma Quayle predicts who your club will select in the first round of Tuesday's AFL draft.
Emma Quayle The AFL has added another new concept to this year's draft - "hidden" picks.
Emma Quayle Club-by-club guide to the AFL national draft: part 2. What your club has, what it needs and who it could be looking at.
Emma Quayle The AFL has contacted clubs picking at the top end of the draft order to remind them that any side agreements not to bid on northern academy players would be a breach of the rules.