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.

Sam Mitchell (left) and Jordan Lewis (front centre) are two of six Hawks to make the cut.

Hawks put sport as business over loyalty

Sally is a friend of mine. She is a smart woman, tertiary educated and has a deep love of sport. She has grown up in it and understands it. She is passionate about Hawthorn a club for whom she holds a love that might even outshine that for her four children. Almost.

New direction: Ex-Tiger-now-Giant Brett Deledio

Bulldogs' late bid for Deledio

The Western Bulldogs' last-minute push for Brett Deledio came about after it became apparent that the star Tiger could be headed for the already formidable Greater Western Sydney.

Pats on the back: An AFL ruling has opened the way for Blue Zach Tuohy to join Geelong.

Surprise AFL ruling opens up Tuohy deal

A surprise AFL ruling has opened up the path for Geelong to secure Zach Tuohy from Carlton after the Cats were given unexpected permission to trade another first-round draft pick.

Jordan Lewis is set to leave the Hawks.

Making sense of Hawthorn

You have seen them. They are many and they are wounded and frightened. They walk distractedly, fidgeting with their hands like a smoker scratching at a new pack. Some scream spontaneously as if with Tourette syndrome.

Sam Mitchell of the Hawks

Mitchell flies west. Deal done on Hawk

The name involved is one of the biggest in the AFL but the deal is one of the smallest. Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell will officially spend his last year as an AFL footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles.