Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, athletics, cricket and tennis. He has been awarded the Grant Hattam Trophy for outstanding journalism in football, while his cricket writing has been recognised in twice winning the Cricket Victoria cricket writer of the year award.

AFL

AFL ruckmen: overrated players, or overrated position?

Michael Gleeson Aaron Sandilands might be the most overrated player in football. Or he might just play in the most overrated position.

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The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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Nathan Buckley defends the good, bad and ugly

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson Football has ever been thus, Nathan Buckley contends. Good games, bad games, ugly games, pretty games.

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Rival AFL clubs ready to pounce on hesitant Melbourne defender James Frawley

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson James Frawley has had seven coaches in eight seasons at Melbourne. Three sacked, three picked up the pieces, now one has arrived to put an end to that nonsense.

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Former Swan Andrejs Everitt backs Sydney's cost of living allowance

Andrejs Everitt.

Michael Gleeson Sydney received qualified support for the retention of the contentious cost of living allowance from former Swan Andrejs Everitt, now back domiciled in Melbourne.

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Bryce Gibbs: should he stay or go?

Bryce Gibbs

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs was once a coveted urgent re-signing, but Carlton should now pause to consider.

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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Toughest yet, but it could have been worse

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Michael Gleeson Set against what happened to Carlton for being a recidivist salary cap cheat, all other club punishments have paled. Until Essendon.

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Tigers face losing Martin

Dustin Martin.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Richmond confronts the unpalatable prospect of losing Dustin Martin for nothing.

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Hird remains defiant about his future

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Michael Gleeson Essendon is likely to go it alone from its coach James Hird, who still says he is unlikely to step down.

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The building of a machine

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Michael Gleeson Mark Evans wandered smiling onto the MCG, not quite sure where to put himself.

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Shaw weighs up several options to fly Magpie nest

Heath Shaw

Michael Gleeson Heath Shaw will meet at least six other clubs at both ends of the ladder as he considers vastly different financial offers and vastly different futures.

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Lance Franklin centrepiece of looming player movements

Lance Franklin.

Michael Gleeson It is highly unlikely Lance Franklin will move as part of a trade rather than as a result of activating his free agency rights.

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Dustin Martin re-signs with Richmond

Dustin Martin.

Michael Gleeson Tigers midfielder Dustin Martin has re-signed with Richmond, extending his contract by two years.

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Buddy bonanza

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin will be paid a relatively low amount in his first years at Sydney while Kurt Tippett's sizeable contract tapers down.

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Buddy deal has player movement up in air

Taylor Adams

Michael Gleeson The butterfly-effect of Buddy Franklin's move has already begun to affect other trades.

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Sewell on the market

Brad Sewell with coach Alastair Clarkson following the Hawks' grand final victory.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn open to offers for premiership midfielder, with club exploring ways to create additional salary cap space and generate opportunities for its young onballers.

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Franklin officially a Swan: McVeigh backed Buddy deal

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Club says Swans captain approved the blockbuster signing in July.

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McVeigh backed Buddy deal

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Club says Swans captain approved the blockbuster signing in July.