It's week one down in the JLT pre-season competition, with 12 teams having taken to the field. We take a look at five revelations.
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
St Kilda will preach a more direct and long-kicking game plan as they look to surge into the finals for the first time in six years.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan earned $1.74 million last season in a year when the AFL suffered a $17.8 million loss.
St Kilda great Danny Frawley says Jake Carlisle has the capability of quickly being in contention for All-Australian selection in his return to football after a year-long anti-doping suspension.
St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey and midfielder Luke Dunstan will remain at the club at least until the end of 2019.
Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor has lodged a writ against outgoing AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick and chief executive Gillon McLachlan, alleging acts of deceptive or misleading conduct during Essendon's supplements saga.
Essendon star Brendon Goddard and James Hird's former advisor have taken a swipe at Mike Fitzpatrick on a day the departing AFL chairman said he had no regrets over how the league had handled the Bombers' supplements scandal.
Carlton midfielder Dale Thomas will be playing for his future this year but a little-known trigger clause will give him the option of a fifth season.
Dustin Martin may be the Tigers' reigning best and fairest but the midfield bull has been asked to continue to refine his defensive game.
Western Bulldogs premiership captain Easton Wood has taken a bold stand, implying there is hypocrisy within the AFL industry when it comes to gambling.