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AFL coaches keep mid-season draft firmly on the agenda

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Matt Murnane The league's coaches are driving the push for a mid-season draft or trade period as early as 2016, and it seems the AFL is becoming increasingly open to the concept.

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Swans had plan to pull out of draft

The league has been examining a system that would see each draft pick assigned a points value.

Emma Quayle Sydney would have completely withdrawn from the national draft and started recruiting exclusively from New South Wales under a radical proposal put to the AFL.

St Kilda's desperate call from the war room

Jake Niall

Jake Niall Every week, a group of St Kilda officials gather in a window-less room in the football department which has become known to all as "The War Room". 

North Melbourne coach says team primed for finals

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.

North tunes up with victory over improved Dees

Game plan: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott gives his Kangaroos instructions on how to stay on top of Melbourne.

Jake Niall If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos says Demons open to trading draft pick two and priority pick

Melbourne was beaten by an undermanned GWS team by 64 points in round 21.

Liam Mannix Melbourne coach Paul Roos has put the club's first round draft pick – and any potential priority pick – squarely on the trading table.

Melbourne requests priority draft pick

The Demons applied to the AFL last year for a priority pick.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne lodges an application with the AFL for consideration for a priority pick.

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Quartet give Canberra chance to end AFL draft drought

David Polkinghorne Seven-time AFL premiership winner Kevin Sheedy says the Greater Western Sydney academy is looking to uncover the next Alex Jesaulenko or James Hird in the next decade.

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Player support for mid-season AFL draft

Jackson Trengove says the AFL should consider a second draft to fill gaps in clubs' playing lists.

Port Adelaide’s Jackson Trengove has come out in favour of the AFL introducing a mid-season draft

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Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire fights for funds, fairness in draft system

New rules over the bidding system for academy stars has emerged as a key front in the AFL's equalisation battle.

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Tigers eye midfielders, forward in draft

James Frawley is unlikely to pursued by the Tigers.

Jake Niall Richmond has prioritised quality midfielders and a key forward in the draft and is not expected to pursue Melbourne free agent defender James Frawley.

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Midfielders pushing up the order as the 2014 draft pool starts to take shape

Hands on AFL football

Emma Quayle When the new-look national championships began, the thinking was that the first part of this year's draft would be filled with tall players, and options at either end.

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Essendon hit with $20,000 fine for medical tests on draft hopefuls

Essendon.

Emma Quayle Essendon has been fined $20,000 for testing potential draftees ahead of last year's national draft.

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AFL draft age to remain at 18, for now

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Emma Quayle The draft age will remain at 18, but the AFL plans to start investing more heavily in talented older prospects.

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Who wants to be the No. 1 draft pick?

Peter Wright stretches for a mark against Vic Country last month. He missed the game on Sunday.

Emma Quayle The new under-18 competition is halfway through, and has raised more questions than it has answered about the pointy end of this year’s draft..

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AFL to hold draft for Foxtel reality TV show The Recruit

The show will be hosted by former Brisbane champion and coach Michael Voss.

Jake Niall The AFL has arranged an official draft meeting in September for a reality television program in which the winner is guaranteed a spot on a club's rookie list.

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AFL may lift draft age as part of wide-ranging talent review

Players like No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd may receive extra help.

Emma Quayle The AFL may consider lifting the draft age, allowing clubs greater access to draft age players and expanding its elite national academy, as a result of its wide-ranging review of the talent pathway.

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No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd makes good debut for GWS reserves

Tom Boyd

Lee Gaskin Tom Boyd showed enough in his first game to suggest he's ready to make his AFL debut.

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Ultimate Footy 2014

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Ultimate Footy: Footy Prophet expert league ... how the draft unfolded

Matthew James, footyprophet.com The Ultimate Footy expert draft for 2014. Our Expert League contenders sat down and went 25 rounds, taking it in turns to draft the AFL’s best fantasy talent.

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