Samantha Lane, Jake Niall
Essendon say they do not know whether senior coach James Hird will continue his legal battle with ASADA at the High Court.
Six of Essendon's top-up players for the NAB Challenge pre-season series had their first training run with their new club on Wednesday night.
Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt has suggested Essendon and coach James Hird are to blame for the delays in securing a resolution for the supplements saga and has warned he is likely to appeal any finding that is not a "reasonable decision".
Football finally kicks off for 2015 on Thursday night, and the AFL may need a bigger and better year than it has known.
Nine Victorian AFL clubs have been cleared of alleged breaches of occupational health and safety but the Victorian WorkCover Authority's probe into Essendon and the AFL continues.
Having heard the frustration of supporters on game day, the AFL has tightened its interpretation on holding the ball.
Port Adelaide duo Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries, awaiting anti-doping verdicts, will play an internal trial match on Friday night as it's not an AFL sanctioned game.
The AFL has pretensions of being Australia’s premier sporting code, but one of its clubs is making a mockery of this.
Former Bomber Mark McVeigh is unlikely to be involved in an on-field coaching role with Greater Western Sydney during the opening weeks of the NAB Challenge.
Prospective top-up players began visiting the club's headquarters at Tullamarine on Thursday, ahead of their possible participation in the NAB Challenge.
In Essendon's version of The Recruit, there are no guarantees of a position on an AFL list. But this has not stopped the Dons from receiving a deluge of interest from players who see this unique opportunity to make the grade.
Essendon have apologised for the roughshod manner in which they went about trying to recruit top-up players from the SANFL.
Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres has sent a blunt message in the direction of Essendon, urging them to back off the Borough’s list come the season proper.
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has expressed relief that Essendon’s NAB Challenge ring-ins have are all mature-age players.
Former Collingwood rookie Michael Hartley is looming as the first state league player to be plucked by Essendon for the upcoming NAB Challenge.
Rival AFL clubs will reluctantly allow their VFL talent to join Essendon as top-up players, realising this is the most practical option to ensure the NAB Challenge and the AFL season proceeds amid the ongoing supplements saga.
The decision by Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to represent Australia in last year's International Rules will impact on any suspension the pair may receive as part of the Essendon supplements scandal.
Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny
Essendon chairman Paul Little has denied the Bombers were ever going to boycott the NAB Challenge, and says an "appropriate" solution has been found with the 26 players from the club's list in 2012 sitting out the pre-season competition.
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