It remains one of the major debating points of a season suddenly spiralling out of control for the Magpies. While Nathan Buckley insists the focus on his future is "definitely still outside of the four walls" of the club, he must know more defeats will surely change that.
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Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers will play his first senior match in almost two years when returns against Melbourne on Sunday.
The obituaries were written, the door closed on September and certainly a glorious premiership era. But, really, are things that bad?
So, here we are again – the Tigers on a five-game surge to start the season. The last time they began this well was 1995: back then they made a preliminary final. This year, who knows? Could they? Might they? Or are they not that good?
Mature-age forward Tim Smith remains in hospital with a punctured lung and ruckman Jake Spencer faces shoulder surgery as the Demons deal with the fall-out of a third-straight defeat.
Richmond coach praises team's ability to remain unfazed in tough times ahead of a tough challenge against the Crows on Sunday.
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When Alastair Clarkson returned to work in the first week of January of 2014, he addressed his players - just months removed from a second premiership for many of that group - in the club's lecture theatre.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the focus on injured recruit Jaeger O'Meara has been "mind boggling", insisting the trade for the former Gold Coast Sun should be judged only in the long term.
Geelong coach Chris Scott says more debate is needed over protecting the man on the mark.