Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

Trent Cotchin wants Tigers' finals pain to 'burn in the gut'

Jon Pierik As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.

Essendon's Paddy Ryder on verge of walkout

Paddy Ryder

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Essendon star Paddy Ryder could quit the club at the end of the season with his management looking at triggering a new breach-of-contract clause that would allow him to walk as a delisted free agent.

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Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

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Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

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North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

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Justin Koschitzke saw red at being forced to wear 'Kermit suit'

Justin Koschitzke walks off Etihad with fellow retirees Stephen Milne and Jason Blake

Jon Pierik Retired St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke has taken aim at former coach Scott Watters, declaring he was offended to have begun his final match as a substitute in the "Kermit suit".

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Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

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Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

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Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

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Eddie McGuire: Swans given a fair go

'The sooner we get all these things out of the way the better.'

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the cost-of-living allowance remains 'ridiculous'.

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Bombers seek special exemption on players' legal fees

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Jon Pierik The AFL would not comment on Friday night over speculation Essendon had again sought a special exemption for the legal fees of players involved in the supplements scandal to be exempt from the salary...

Greg Swann's Carlton exit shows how elusive the premiership can be

Greg Swann

Jon Pierik That Carlton has closed the door on another era without adding a 17th flag only reinforces how difficult it is to win a premiership.

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Josh Bootsma sacked by Carlton

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Carlton youngster Josh Bootsma has become the first AFL player to be sacked for social media misconduct, after the Blues terminated his contract on Tuesday.

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AFLPA push to streamline third-party deals

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Jon Pierik The complicated structure of independent third-party agreements could be eased if the AFL Players Association gets its way.

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AFL players want International Rules series

The International Rules debate comes as players also maintain their push for an all-star or representative match, most likely to be held on the eve of the season.

Jon Pierik AFL players believe the International Rules series has a future.

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is not concerned that contract renegotiations have yet to open, declaring he didn't expect to have secured an extension by now.

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Franklin ready to reveal his next move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Lance Franklin was given a rousing reception by Hawthorn fans as players and coaches gathered on Sunday to celebrate the club's grand final victory, with the dual premiership winner to decide in days...

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Bolton confident Buddy won't pay for his $10m price tag

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player Jude Bolton is confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods culture - provided the club's free agency offer is approved by the AFL.

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Buddy will buy into culture: Bolton

Buddy Franklin.

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods' culture.

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AFL players' group wants football department taxed to give fairer league

Matt Finnis

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle AFL, AFLPA yet to settle on ideal figure for football department spending.

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Hawthorn sweating on Franklin and Bailey

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus naturally remains on Lance Franklin, a medical examination of ruckman Max Bailey's knees will be a factor in whether the Hawks vigorously pursue another ruckman.