The formula for premiership success in football is something the game's greatest minds have battled over for years. But there's one ingredient they all agree on.
Triple-premiership winger Isaac Smith has signed a contract extension that ties him to Hawthorn until the end of the 2020 AFL season.
Statistics that proved the "third man up" does not help ease congestion gave the AFL the green light to ban the tactic from next season.
Fairfax Media's top 10 people of the football year aren't necessarily the most popular, or the most successful, but each left a sizeable imprint on the game's landscape in the past 12 months.
The 2016 AFL season saw great comebacks, neck and neck tussles, and several kicks to win games, one in a final no less. These, in our view, were the 10 best games of 2016.
Already signed until the end of 2019, Cyril Rioli's contact at Hawthorn has been extended by a year.
Having been singled out by Sam Mitchell as the man who got his career cracking, Western Bulldogs list manager Simon Dalrymple says the 2012 Brownlow medallist's career shows the value of persistence.
It was the middle of December, there was a paucity of glitz and glamour, but there was something about Tuesday's low-key presentation of the 2012 Brownlow Medal to Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin that felt right.
Trent Cotchin says he contacted Jobe Watson - the man he displaced as 2012 Brownlow medal winner - because it was "the right thing to do," but fellow new medallist Sam Mitchell refused to comment on Watson when asked about him in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's presentation ceremony.
Who will be wearing Hawthorn's famous No.5 next season? It's a number close to the hearts of fans after Mitchell donned it for 13 seasons and the much-loved Peter Crimmins wore it in 176 games. Keen observers might also be aware it was even worn by Pat Cash senior in the 1950s.
Hawthorn have re-signed four-time premiership player Grant Birchall until 2019.
The most recent Brownlow medallists from Hawthorn and Richmond respectively will present Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin their 2012 medals next week.
Footy's pre-season and night competitions still hold a special place in the hearts of those who enjoy the trip down memory lane to when the also-ran cups did have meaning – except for Grant Thomas' St Kilda team, which barely cracked a smile in 2004
Hawthorn star Brendan Whitecross says his "scary" encounter with up to five men who broke into his home as his children slept and stole his fiancee's Porsche could have been a lot worse.
The 12 young Hawthorn players who walked the Kokoda Track last month were each asked to lead the group for half a day or longer.
Doctors telling Jarryd Roughead he is now "cancer-free" has also changed what was thought achievable at Hawthorn next year.
Hawthorn spearhead Jarryd Roughead has had a 'complete response' to his cancer treatment and is ready to resume a 'normal life'.
Adam Ramanauskas has urged Hawthorn fans to temper their expectations of an early return for Jarryd Roughead.
Jarryd Roughead is back in training with his Hawthorn teammates as he continues his recovery from a melanoma which saw him sit out the entire 2016 AFL season.