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No second exodus at Lions, says Leppitsch

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25:  Justin Clarke and Jed Adcock of the Lions leave the field after losing during the round 17 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at The Gabba on July 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Beth Newman   When Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch came to the club in 2013, he faced a player exodus.

Giants sign Palmer for two more years

Staying put: Rhys Palmer.

Andrew Wu   Rhys Palmer has set the goal of playing finals next year with Greater Western Sydney after signing a new contract tying him to the club until the end of 2017.

Johnson likely to join Kelly and Stokes in last game with Cats

Geelong veteran James Kelly is able to see the funny side of his injury.

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane   Steve Johnson will likely play his last game for Geelong on Saturday. Sources have confirmed that the Cats are unlikely to go on with Johnson in 2016, with fellow triple premiership great Corey Enright remaining undecided about whether he goes on.

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Would Collingwood consider trading Travis Cloke?

To trade or not to trade: Travis Cloke.

Matt Murnane   The high-profile commentator who raised the prospect this week, Jason Dunstall, doesn't profess to know what the answer is.

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Cats offer Vardy two more years

Nathan Vardy in action against St Kilda in round 21.

Daniel Cherny   As the future of their veterans remains clouded, Geelong continue to act to shore up the state of their list for 2016 and beyond.

Tiger Knights to retire at end of season

Chris Knights of the Tigers leaves the field injured earlier this year.

Daniel Cherny   One of the most injury-plagued careers of the decade is coming to an end, with Richmond forward Chris Knights telling Tigers teammates on Thursday that he had decided to retire at the end of the season.

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Hard for kids to handle the truth: Rockliff

Straight shooter: Lions captain Tom Rockliff longs for the good old days.

Daniel Cherny   Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff says it's getting "harder and harder" to tell the truth to young players.

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Henderson's mum lashes Carlton, McLachlan

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Jon Pierik   The mother of former Carlton player Lachie Henderson has lashed the Blues and AFL chief Gillon McLachlan in the wake of her son not being allowed to play out the season.

Bar low on new deal: Vardy

Nathan Vardy during his most recent AFL appearance late in 2013.

Daniel Cherny   Merely getting through the rest of the season unscathed will be enough for Nathan Vardy to earn a new contract, says the Geelong ruckman.

Henderson exit a 'troubling precedent'

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Samantha Lane, Jake Niall and Larissa Nicholson   The AFL players' union has expressed concern about the precedent created by Carlton's groundbreaking decision to have Lachie Henderson sit out the remainder of the season as the departing Blue called for more honesty on trades.

Lions part ways with Jed Adcock

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Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall   Brisbane have officially parted ways with former captain Jed Adcock as reports of another player exodus continue to dog the club.

Horses for courses when it comes to player movements

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Jake Niall   If Lachie Henderson was playing for Hawthorn, it would be in neither party's interest for him to take an early holiday because he wanted to play for another club.

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Back-up plan for father-son nominees

On draft night, the club Bailey Rice has nominated as his first preference will have first call on him.

Emma Quayle   Bailey Rice will be able to nominate as a father-son prospect for both Carlton and St Kilda, under a proposed tweak to the new bidding system being introduced this year.

Talks restart, but Demons forced to wait on Howe

Jeremy Howe

Daniel Cherny   The Demons still won't know whether they've done enough to keep Jeremy Howe until the end of the season.

Father-son prospects given more time to make up their minds

More time: Josh Dunkley, son of former Swan Andrew.

Emma Quayle   Sydney father-son candidate Josh Dunkley will have the chance to see how this year's trade period plays out before deciding whether to nominate as a Swan or enter the open draft.

AFL draft headed to Adelaide

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Adelaide will host the AFL national draft on November 24, replacing Gold Coast as the venue.

St Kilda chase Essendon tall Jake Carlisle

Jake Carlisle in action early in the year.

Daniel Cherny   The race to secure Jake Carlisle's services in 2016 have yet another bidder, with St Kilda believed to be chasing the prized tall.

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AFL approves trades for future draft picks

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AFL clubs can trade future draft picks for the first time later this year.

New AFL future trading system to come with restrictions

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Emma Quayle   Clubs will have to use at least two first-round draft picks in a rolling four year period under the proposed new rules for the trading of future draft picks.

The Hunch Report, round 19

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   The team at Footy Prophet will cast a glance across each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Belconnen product Chris Jansen hoping to make leap from SANFL to AFL

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Jon Tuxworth   Belconnen junior Chris Jansen has been selected in South Australia's state AFL combine.

American AFL prospects on trial in Melbourne

Prospects: American athletes (left to right) James Johnson, Kye Kurkowski and Jalen Carethers.

Emma Quayle   Kye Kurkowski had never heard of Australian rules football when he was invited to trial at the US combine in Florida, let alone considered whether he would be any good at it.

Draft combine low on ruck options

Gach Nyuon.

Emma Quayle   For the second year in a row clubs looking to draft a teenage ruckman will be choosing from a limited pool.

Vics 'hijacked' academies: Lions chief

Greg Swann has accused Victorian clubs of an agenda.

Daniel Cherny   As his floundering club ponders whether to lobby for emergency draft assistance, Brisbane Lions chief executive Greg Swann has claimed Victorian clubs "hijacked" the reshaping of the northern academy draft bidding process.

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Eastlake's Himmelberg picked for AFL draft combine

Canberra's Harrison Himmelberg.

David Polkinghorne    Canberra's Harrison Himmelberg is one of the 76 players named on Monday for this year's AFL national draft combine.

AFL future not on Dangerfield's mind

Patrick Dangerfield says making a career decision is "the last thing on my mind".

Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield says he did not hash out his AFL future during a meeting with his manager on Tuesday night, insisting a decision on whether to re-sign with the Crows is not "of huge importance " for him right now.

Stanton 'in no hurry' for new contract

Brent Stanton (left) wants to be a one-club player.

Daniel Cherny   Veteran Essendon midfielder Brent Stanton says neither he nor the Bombers are in a hurry to sign a contract keeping him at the Dons in 2016.

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AFL considering future pick trading

In the mix: Academy player Callum Mills.

Emma Quayle   The AFL may allow clubs to use future draft picks in trade deals as soon as this year.

Sydney prospect Mills back in action soon

Going well: Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper.

Emma Quayle   Callum Mills has had to sit, watch and wait as the 2015 draft order has started to take shape around him.

Mid-season trade, loans or draft: a discussion worth having

Underplayed: Tom Campbell of the Bulldogs.

Michael Gleeson   James Hird was fed up with his out-of-form ruckman Tom Bellchambers. The next ruck he had in the seconds, Jonathan Giles, was either so hopeless, so hopelessly out of form or so hopelessly out of favour that Hird didn't pick him as a replacement. So Hird went into the game against West Coast without a true ruck.