AFL chief Gillon McLachlan says he is "bemused" at suggestions next week's bye round could be a fizzer, urging fans to embrace the chance to celebrate this year's finalists.
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Carlton chief executive Stephen Trigg says it would take a "remarkable" deal for the Blues to cede their first-round pick in this year's national draft but has expressed interest in departing Sun, Jaegar O'Meara.
Having helped to rebuild Melbourne into a finals contender, a departing Paul Roos insists successor Simon Goodwin should not be under immediate pressure to deliver a September run next season.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says a club boycott of radio station Triple M has "probably served its purpose", and it appears likely to only be a one-week ban.
Would he have been better served by heading to Princes Park where former Pies' mentor, and new Blues' coach, Mick Malthouse, was waiting?
AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy does not want umpires to use social media to publicly apologise for errors after Jordan Bannister did just that on the weekend.
Hawthorn premiership defender Matt Spangher faces a major fight to reignite his AFL career with a serious hamstring tear to sideline him for up to 10 weeks.
The fight for the release of secret documents linked to the Essendon supplements saga has taken a twist, with independent senator John Madigan lodging a Freedom of Information request.
Patrick Dangerfield has been likened to cricketing great Steve Waugh for his ability to fire when challenged, as the Cats' superstar declared he was ready to face his former teammates in Adelaide on Friday night.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has accused his team of playing "lazy" football and says the players must accept the responsibility for their poor start to the season.