Off Season

AFL

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...

AFL

Prize catch Jon Ceglar makes big strides with the Hawks

Turning heads: Jon Ceglar celebrates a goal.

Xavier Mardling While Ben McEvoy attracted the headlines after moving to Hawthorn from St Kilda in the off-season, another border region export was quietly waiting in the wings after playing two AFL games in his...

AFL

Swans chairman blasts attack on club

Swans logo

Samantha Lane Fed up with sniping from Victorian rivals about Sydney’s talent-laden list and recruiting coups, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has named it a “targeted attack” that he refuses to...

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.

AFL

St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey out for the season with knee tendonitis

Tom Hickey's frustrating season has come to an end.

Daniel Cherny St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey as been diagnosed with knee tendonitis and won't play again in 2014.

AFL

What each club hopes to get out of the run home

Magpie misery.

Matthew Lloyd The heat on Carlton’s Mick Malthouse in the past week has highlighted the pressure cooker that   AFL coaches operate in as they try and plot a course forward for their clubs. 

AFL

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...

AFL

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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AFL

Captaincy race takes flight at West Coast Eagles

The retirement of Darren Glass has left the Eagles without a skipper.

Brad Elborough The next West Coast captain appears to be a race between five players.

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AFL

St Kilda champion Lenny Hayes says the time is right to retire at season's end

Lenny Hayes.

Jesse Hogan While Lenny Hayes argued his impending retirement would not be "leaving a massive void or anything like that", a horde of St Kilda players, supporters and even rival football supporters would...

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AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

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".

Australian Football

Belconnen Magpies team up with Lifeline Canberra

Belconnen Magpies player James Bennett.

David Polkinghorne Belconnen Magpies on the front foot in building a partnership with Lifeline Canberra.

AFL

Stronger Steven Motlop itching to be back

Feeling stronger: Steven Motlop.

Peter Hanlon Steven Motlop will run out for Geelong against Richmond on Sunday not only free of nagging knee pain for the first time in his career, but physically stronger than he has ever been.

VFL

Sam Fisher injured as Sandringham stays undefeated

Sam Fisher.

Brent Diamond St Kilda veteran Sam Fisher’s career is in doubt after re-injuring his hamstring in Sandringham’s thrilling nine-point win over Essendon at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday to remain...

AFL

North Melbourne vows to attack again

North looks to break the shackles.

Matt Murnane Brad Scott concedes he "over-corrected" in trying to balance the team's game style in the off-season by placing a greater emphasis on defence.

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick still confident of finals action

Matt Murnane Damien Hardwick's confidence in the Tigers still reaching the finals is unwavering despite the club's poor 2-5 start to the season.

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