Jake Stringer has declared he gave his all to the Western Bulldogs, revealing he was shocked and upset at being told he would be traded.
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Gary Ablett will make a call on his future before Monday night's Brownlow-Medal count, with his manager declaring the champion midfielder could play on for four more years.
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.
The Western Bulldogs have revealed contract discussions with list manager Jason McCartney have been parked until after next month's trade period but insist he and recruiting chief Simon Dalrymple are working well together.
Geelong have revealed they will seek to replicate their semi-final blueprint when they head to Adelaide for Friday night's preliminary final.
Sydney Swans football chief Tom Harley insists Kurt Tippett and Aliir Aliir are unlikely to be traded.
Richmond's last premiership captain has declared the Tigers boast their best midfield in almost four decades and he hopes to finally hand over the "baton" to Trent Cotchin.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has praised the courage of first-year skipper Jack Ziebell, revealing he took to the field this year battling immense pain because of a series of injuries.
The Adelaide Crows finished on top of the ladder, stormed to a qualifying-final win, have a dominant forward line, enjoyed a week off and now await Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. Can they be beaten?
In a year when North Melbourne began a rebuild, veteran midfielder Shaun Higgins helped to lead the way and was rewarded on Friday night by claiming his maiden Syd Barker Medal.