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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood veteran Travis Cloke is expected to open contract renegotiations mid-season, with the power forward to chase a three-year extension.
Jon Pierik The man once tipped to be a future AFL Commission chairman is no longer in the running to join the game's governing body.
Jon Pierik A group of up to 15 members of the banned Essendon 34 are considering breaking away from the AFL Players Association, and fighting their personal compensation claims against the Bombers through...
Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has resigned from his position, effective immediately.
Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the architect of the Essendon injecting program, says he hopes his impending court cases help to clear the names of the 34 past and present players banned for being administered an...
Jon Pierik Richmond's hopes of a breakthrough finals win - and even a premiership - hinge on improving their depth, with official data showing their bottom-tier players have the fifth-worst rating of any side.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank is set to argue he did not source banned peptides from China through disgraced biochemist Shane Charter, as he prepares to ramp up more than two dozen...
Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter believes the departure of the AFL's leading indigenous official will be hard to replace.
Jon Pierik Greater depth and class in the crucial mid-20s age group has Geelong hopeful a top-four resurgence - and potential flag assault - will eventuate this season.
Jon Pierik A Melbourne Magistrate Court's ruling that Essendon had failed to keep a safe workplace could provide a boost for those players banned for an anti-doping breach to launch an appeal to clear their...
Jon Pierik As he enters a year when he can become a free agent, there was a minor scare for Jack Watts on Wednesday when the Melbourne utility left training early with an elbow complaint.
Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and North Melbourne benefactor Peter Scanlon have a radical proposal to enliven the AFL fixture - give the pre-season competition winner a "wildcard" berth...
Jon Pierik A potential appeal by banned Essendon players against their anti-doping penalty could taint an AFL season and have adverse ramifications for those players still in the league.
Jon Pierik The AFL has given a general tick of approval to the improved match-day experience of home teams last season - but not all fans were satisfied.
Jon Pierik The first successful appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport could hold the key to at least two of the suspended 34 players being cleared of an anti-doping ban.
Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny While they are busily putting together their list of 10 top-up players, the Bombers could also be having trouble keeping people at the club.
Jon Pierik The 34 former and current Essendon players suspended for a year for an anti-doping offence could have three grounds for appeal.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne have all but completed an "extensive" review of their on-field leadership, with skipper Andrew Swallow no guarantee of retaining the coveted role.
Jon Pierik Former Essendon chief executive Ian Robson says he accepts "full accountability" for the discredited injecting program run at the club in 2012 but has refused to publicly declare whether he read a...
Jon Pierik He may only be a day into reigniting his AFL career, but new Bomber Ryan Crowley has already pencilled a date into his calendar.