Off Season

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Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

Pert worried about 'volcanic' off-season behaviour by players

Collingwood's Gary Pert

Jon Pierik As concerns about illicit drug use by AFL players mount, Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says some players are guilty of "volcanic behaviour" during the off-season and wants a forum of all...

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St Kilda coach Alan Richardson wants patient rebuild

Saints coach Alan Richardson says not all his veterans would be gone in two years, with some capable of playing on longer.

Roy Ward Saints coach wants quality draft picks instead of free agent signings.

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Harcourt rebuked over AFL drug 'retirement' claims

Peter Harcourt (far right) has been rebuked by the AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to clarify comments made by its medical director at a Zurich conference, insisting players are not "retired" by the league for illicit drugs problems but rather make their own...

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Bombers, Geelong in flurry of changes for blockbuster

Bombers defender Michael Hibberd passed a fitness test.

Essendon dropped Tom Bellchambers, while Geelong regained Harry Taylor and lost Hamish McIntosh as they made four changes apiece for their must-win AFL blockbuster.

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Go-home factor hurts Brisbane as former Lions turn it on at their new clubs

Players who left Brisbane.

Matt Murnane When the Brisbane Lions' supporter group, The Lion's Roar, set about research to show how the "homesickness factor" was crippling its club, it could have used Jared Polec as a poster boy.

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St Kilda's David Armitage in a hurry to help his teammates out

Emma Quayle David Armitage is planning as many extra swim, bike and running sessions as he can handle in the next few weeks, to help him provide St Kilda's young midfielders with the support he was offering them...

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GWS Giants youngster Dylan Shiel gets chance to face AFL idol Chris Judd

Time to take on an idol: GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel is looking forward to lining up against his boyhood hero Chris Judd on Sunday.

Andrew Wu Dylan Shiel wants to set the record straight. Yes, Chris Judd was one of his boyhood heroes but he does not have a dog called "Juddy".

Werribee coach Lamont takes swipe at victor Williamstown over salary cap breach

Brent Diamond Werribee coach John Lamont has taken a significant swipe at arch rival Williamstown after his club's 11th consecutive loss to the Seagulls by nine points in a thriller at Burbank Oval on Sunday.

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AFL football 2020 style - don't go over the line

Opposition analyst.

Opposition Analyst What if we teleported Monday's traditional Collingwood-Melbourne Queen's Birthday clash to the year 2020 and played it under the restrictions being chewed over by the laws of the game committee that...

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Coach Chris Scott contemplates unveiling new faces for the Cats

Darcy Lang in his hometown in Colac for a Cats community camp in February.

Peter Hanlon Geelong coach Chris Scott has left the door open to introducing fresh blood for Sunday's home game against St Kilda as the Cats seek to reinvigorate a team with much to improve on, but will not be...

Magpie Dane Swan star guest at Mick Gatto restaurant fund-raiser

Dane Swan

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Caroline Wilson and Cameron Houston Collingwood footballer Dane Swan was the star attraction at a $200-a-head dinner promoted and attended by underworld boss Mick Gatto and other gangland figures and held this week at a pizza...

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Chris Dawes' new reality

Chris Dawes doesn’t feel like he’s played overly well since he has been back, and yet people have kept telling him he’s been in good form.

Emma Quayle Chris Dawes was away overseas when it came time to choose a new club. Four things about Melbourne had appealed to him, from when it became clear he needed a new club.

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Mick Malthouse says he has utmost faith in Blues

Coach's statement comes as club reels from its worst start to a season in 25 years.

Matthew Leuenberger out for three months

Matthew Leuenberger.

Andrew Stafford The injury-hit Brisbane Lions have been dealt a massive setback, with ruckman Matthew Leuenberger set to miss three months of football.

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St Kilda defender Sam Fisher to return via VFL

Sam Fisher will return this weekend via the VFL

Daniel Cherny Dual Trevor Barker Award winner Sam Fisher will make his long-awaited return to football this weekend via Sandringham in the VFL.

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No. 1 draft pick Tom Boyd to make AFL debut for GWS against Adelaide

Tom Boyd will make his AFL debut on Sunday

Daniel Cherny GWS Giants announce that the 18-year-old will debut this Sunday against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

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Williamstown's fledgling Seagulls spread their wings in VFL

Struggle: Tyrone Vickery had 14 disposals for Richmond.

Brent Diamond Williamstown's recruits are only just starting to hit their straps after punishing Richmond by 70 points in their second win of the season at Burbank Oval on Saturday.

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'Model recruit' Buddy being 'bullied' by media

Buddy Franklin fronts the media on Thursday after his car crash the night before.

Andrew Wu Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has defended Lance Franklin as a "model recruit" who is the victim of "bullying" by the media, after the latest drama involving the star forward.

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Barnawartha off the long run

Premiership glory: Barnawartha celebrates last year’s grand final win over Mitta United.

Adam McNicol The good folk at Barnawartha still pinch themselves when they think about their footy club's improbable premiership last year.