Sam Mitchell best summed up Luke Hodge's leadership when recalling their captaincy handover after the 2010 campaign, a move which would soon spark a run of three-straight premierships.
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Richmond premiership great Dale Weightman has described his shock collapse while playing at Mildura Golf Club as a "wake up call" after his blood sugar levels dropped, leading to a fractured left ankle.
Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has launched an impassioned defence of James Hird and has called for patience in his recovery from an overdose.
An off-season of change has continued at Hawthorn with chief executive Stuart Fox leaving to become the Melbourne Cricket Club's new chief.
Greater Western Sydney has been handed a $100,000 fine and a penalty of 1000 draft points after it was found guilty by the AFL Commission subcommittee over the Lachie Whitfield case.
Having spent the past fortnight installing solar panels, Carlton's top draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton will now look to add some electricity to a midfield recruiting chief Steve Silvagni says has craved speed.
Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney has leapt to the defence of Gary Ablett, declaring the champion midfielder was entitled to begin his pre-season training later than his Gold Coast teammates.
The fight for a seat on the Richmond board continues to intensify, with challenger Peter Casey questioning why the Tigers have "ring-fenced" president Peggy O'Neal.
The compensation claims against the Essendon Football Club over the supplements saga continue to progress, as 18 players settle with the club.
AFL appeals board chairman Peter O'Callaghan, QC, will allow oral testimony at Monday's hearing with Stephen Dank, although Dank and his lawyers remain unaware of this.