Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

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.

Bombers face a tough start to 2015

Heading down a dark path: Essendon skipper Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon faces a potentially hazardous start to the 2015 campaign, which could be exacerbated depending on the fall-out from the anti-doping probe.

Saints open contract negotiations with midfielder Jack Steven

The Saints need Jack Steven to continue his development if they are to shift from the foot of the ladder.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has revealed it has opened contract negotiations with Jack Steven, an important midfielder the club hopes will play a key role in the club's resurgence.

Luxury tax could be a coaching lifesaver, says Hawks chief

Andrew Newbold says the new tax could mean club bosses are more judicious in their decisions.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold believes the introduction of the football department tax from next season could inadvertently bring greater stability to the tenure of senior coaches.

Seven, Fox Footy chase Jonathan Brown

In demand: Jonathan Brown.

Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions' great Jonathan Brown is now at the centre of a tug of war between the television broadcasters.

Lawyers to meet players over ASADA show-cause notices

Essendon Bombers

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik The AFL players' union will summon as many as possible of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices to a meeting within days.

Tom Boyd deal could put the squeeze on Bulldogs

Tom Boyd, Joshua Kelly, Jack Billings and Marcus Bontempelli on draft day in 2013.

Jon Pierik Having set a benchmark through the audacious trade for Tom Boyd, the Western Bulldogs will soon have several of their home-grown young stars who are also crucial to their premiership aspirations...

Carlton recruit Liam Jones take extra step before new journey

New Blue: Carlton recruit Liam Jones.

Jon Pierik While many of his new teammates enjoy a break, with some overseas escaping the AFL bubble, as appears to be a growing ritual among players at this time of the year, Liam Jones is focused on a...

Paddy Ryder could be the first Bomber to strike a deal with ASADA

Paddy Ryder

Jon Pierik Departed Bomber Paddy Ryder looms as the player who could be the first to move to terminate the anti-doping case against him and strike a deal with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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Essendon players have 10 days to respond to show-cause notices

Essendon Bombers

Jon Pierik The 34 current and former Essendon players re-issued with show-cause notices now have 10 days to respond to the briefs of evidence the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has gathered against...

ASADA issues 12,000 pages of evidence against 34 Essendon players

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik The 34 Essendon players re-issued with show-cause notices have been given 350 pages of evidence alleging they were administered a banned peptide during the club's 2012 supplements program.

Port Adelaide sets benchmark for sports science, peak body ESSA says

High-performance manager Darren Burgess.

Jon Pierik Australia's peak body for sports scientists hopes Port Adelaide has set an example by becoming the first AFL club to have its entire sports science department require official accreditation.

Rebuilding Blues trade away the Brett Ratten era

Carlton secured Kristian Jaksch on Wednesday.

Jon Pierik Carlton is committed to making the finals next season, as the list constructed during the Brett Ratten era continues to undergo major change.

ASADA says show-cause notices won't be rushed

Essendon Football Club

Jon Pierik The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority appears determined to ensure its evidence against the 34 Essendon players is bullet-proof, declaring it won't be rushed into re-issuing show-cause notices.

New name emerges in Dayne Beams deal as trades heat up

Dayne Beams

Jon Pierik Young Brisbane midfielder Jack Crisp could be a surprise component in a complicated five-club deal which would help Dayne Beams become a Lion.

Paddy Ryder would face a tough fight before AFL grievance tribunal, say lawyers

Jon Pierik Disgruntled Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder could find it hard to win his case before the AFL grievance tribunal because he played on for two seasons after the club's supplements saga erupted, lawyers...

Brendan McCartney says fractured relationship with Bulldogs could have been repaired

Brendan McCartney: 'There is a real lesson in there.'

Jon Pierik Former Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney insists his fractured relationship with the players could have been repaired and has revealed he felt "crook in the stomach" when told disgruntled...

Western Bulldogs 'should' play finals for the next decade, insists Peter Gordon

Looking ahead:  Bulldogs president Peter Gordon and chief executive Simon Garlick.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has declared the embattled club should expect to play in the finals for the next decade – once it settles on a new coach.

Hird and ASADA at odds over appeal date

ASADA insists the appeal before the full Federal Court of three judges should not begin until at least November 24.

Jon Pierik James Hird and ASADA are now at loggerheads over when a Federal Court appeal should be held.

Essendon's Kyle Hardingham 'worn down' by supplements saga

Kyle Hardingham.

Jon Pierik Essendon's fight to retain its players continues to escalate, with Kyle Hardingham the latest to signal he wants to leave, in part because of the toll the current environment has taken on him.

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Players urge ASADA to provide full evidence

The Bombers run onto the field

Jon Pierik The 34 players set to be reissued with show-cause notices want to be given the full briefing of evidence showing they allegedly were administered the banned peptide thymosin beta 4.