JAKE NIALL Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.
JESSE HOGAN 1:41pm Despite the pattern of past seasons, the Bombers star is upbeat.
MATT MURNANE Midfielder Jake Melksham admits interviews draining for himself and teammates.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Two statistics best sum up Brisbane's stunning 10-point upset of Essendon.
JON PIERIK Essendon coach left to lament his team's lack of intensity in a bruising clash.
MARTIN FLANAGAN Game's finest strut their stuff in an era in which the game is undergoing rapid change.
Essendon's management of key forward will come under microscope on Saturday.
MATT MURNANE Essendon has sent a message to its players by disciplining defender Courtenay Dempsey for breaking team recovery protocols.
Essendon's Brendon Goddard insists he wasn't lying to the AFL Tribunal when he told them Geelong's James Kelly didn't bump him high.
Chloe Saltau and Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott insists that time out of the game won't help Tom Hawkins.
JAKE NIALL As of Friday evening, Geelong's claims to leadership of the competition cannot be disputed.
CAROLINE WILSON Five Essendon staffers, including James Hird's personal assistant, have admitted to the AFL and ASADA that they were treated last year by Stephen Dank with a variety of injections and oral supplements.
SCOTT SPITS Andrew Demetriou reiterates call for Stephen Dank to give evidence to ASADA.
SAMANTHA LANE Australian basketball great describes ASADA as inept, hapless, comical and money wasting.
JAKE NIALL Essendon coach says Bombers did not use the ball well enough or convert opportunities against Geelong.
MICHAEL GLEESON Geelong coach admits his side has been lucky at times in its undefeated start to the season.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Dashing defender Michael Hibberd has earned his wings after injuries and a club suspension threatened his career.
Peter Hanlon and Rohan Connolly Geelong's Allen Christensen barracked for Essendon as a boy, and will have two younger brothers in the crowd on Friday night who are still avid Bombers.
JESSE HOGAN Essendon has brought in six players in its bid to turn around a grim recent record against Geelong - and live up to Cats coach Chris Scott's claim that the Bombers have been this season's top team.
Jared Lynch Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell is being treated by the man at the centre of Essendon's supplement scandal, sports scientist Steven Dank, for injuries sustained in a shooting in 2011.
Essendon coach James Hird admits the AFL club's damning internal review of its leadership during the supplements saga has made difficult reading.
JESSE HOGAN Essendon's need to shoehorn a host of first-choice players back into its team will not persuade it to be conservative in assessing Brent Stanton's fitness for Friday night's ladder-leading clash with Geelong.
A biochemist who claims to have supplied Stephen Dank with peptides last year says he will provide ASADA with physical evidence.
PETER HANLON Peter Hanlon looks at a classic and how it might play out today.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Essendon defender Michael Hibberd says the continuing ASADA investigation at Windy Hill is intimidating, but the players are relying on their strong bond to get through the process.
SAMANTHA LANE ASADA's interrogation of Essendon players could be expedited, with the process expected to be completed significantly earlier than the forecast 12 weeks.
Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell has committed to the club through until the end of the 2015 season.
Biochemist Shane Charter says he will give "factual and truthful evidence" to anti-doping investigators when he is examined as part of a probe into the Essendon Football Club's supplements program.
JON PIERIK Andrew Demetriou proposes reducing the number of supplements players can take.
Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Influential Essendon supporters believe the club's members will reappoint chairman.