Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson is a senior AFL football writer and Fairfax Media's athletics writer. He also covers tennis, cricket and other sports. He won the AFL Players Association Grant Hattam Trophy for excellence in journalism for the second time in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Quill Awards for best sports feature writer. He was also a finalist in the 2014 Australian Sports Commission awards for his work on ‘Boots for Kids’. He is a winner of the AFL Media Association award for best news reporter and a two-time winner of Cricket Victoria’s cricket writer of the year award. Michael has covered multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games and world championships and 15 seasons of AFL, He has also written seven books - five sports books and two true crime books.

Head coach Simon Goodwin is aiming to establish a "consistent brand" at the Demons.

Fearlessly into the future at Demons

The Melbourne succession plan was about grooming a new coach and maintaining stability. It was not about the next coach replicating everything of his predecessor.

Needing game time: Demons coach Simon Goodwin has picked a strong line-up for the JLT series opener.

Old rule gone, new one helps Gawn

With a new Hawthorn star in the middle, a new coach in the box and different looking players on the ground, Melbourne have got as strong a side as possible for the first JLT series match.

Josh Daicos is on the verge of a senior game with the club his father Peter served well.

Josh Daicos chance to play for Pies

In: Daicos. It's a line Collingwood fans have longed to read since Peter retired 24 years ago. Now his son Josh is poised to play his first game for the Magpies.

FILE - JULY 27: Essendon Chairman David Evans has resigned in the wake of the ongoing drugs investigation into the AFL ...

David Evans makes quiet return to Bombers

Former Essendon chairman David Evans has made a quiet return to the Bombers that was as understated as it was unexpected. Evans was another face in small crowd at a recent practice match.