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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.

Trade, draft or loan moves for players to switch clubs mid-season

Open to discussions: AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Michael Gleeson   Options to trade, draft or even loan players between AFL clubs mid-season are being explored as ideas for an overhaul of player movement rules.

The Swans, or the draft? Josh Dunkley has time to make up his mind

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Emma Quayle   Josh Dunkley has a decision to make later this year – Sydney, or the draft?

Queensland moves closer to under-18 title

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Emma Quayle   Queensland has moved closer to the second division under-18 title, with a four-goal game from Eric Hipwood steering his side to a 38-point win over Tasmania.

Practice makes perfect for Schache

Jacob Weitering was in control in defence.

Emma Quayle   Josh Schache reached the end of last season wishing he had kicked more goals, and fewer points.

How's the 2015 AFL draft looking?

Jack Silvagni in action for Vic Metro.

Emma Quayle   The final two rounds of the AFL's under-18 championships will be played in Melbourne and Geelong on Friday-Saturday and next Wednesday-Thursday. Here's where they are at.

Mark Blicavs The Great Unknown

Cat for life: Mark Blicavs.

Michael Gleeson   So much is still unknown about Mark Blicavs but what seems certain is he will be a Cat for life.

Hird rubbishes Carlisle talk

Jake Carlisle and coach James Hird.

Daniel Cherny   James Hird has rubbished calls suggesting Jake Carlisle does not want to be a forward despite the out-of-contract big man being sent to the ruck.

How Chris Judd changed the draft

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Emma Quayle   Darcy Tucker wants to be like Chris Judd because of the way he works hard no matter the circumstances he finds himself or his team in.

Vic Country lead race for under-18 title

Vic Country's Kieran Collins evades Vic Metro's Sam McLarty during the U-18 match in Geelong on Sunday.

Emma Quayle   Vic Country has moved closer to its first under-18 title in five years, with a 35-point win over Vic Metro on Sunday.

Barker's big statement

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Michael Gleeson   This was something Mick Malthouse would not have done. Which is perhaps why it was done.

New draft bidding system to debut live on AFL draft night

New system: Sydney would have moved up to pick two in last year's draft to get Isaac Heeney.

Emma Quayle   The AFL's new bidding system for father-son and academy players is set to be unveiled live at this year's national draft, as part of a dramatically revamped night.

Clubs demand fair play on future draft picks

Seeking fairness: Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

Michael Gleeson   AFL clubs have urged the league to extend the right to trade future draft picks to all clubs, and not just some through the academy and father-son picks.

AFL under-18s: SA and Vic Country win

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Emma Quayle   Aaron Francis took a dozen marks on Saturday, as South Australia beat Vic Metro to notch their first win of the national championships. But there was much more to it than that.

Bailey Rice's big decision: Carlton or the Saints?

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Emma Quayle   When the AFL released its new bidding system for father-son prospects last week, Bailey Rice was tagged in a Facebook link to an article explaining how it would work.

Vic Country starts under-18 championships with last-minute win

Jy Simpkin of Vic Country celebrates after kicking the winning goal after the siren.

Emma Quayle   Rhys Mathieson wasn't watching when his Vic Country teammates launched the piece of play that saw them snatch an after-the-siren win over Vic Metro in their opening game of the national under-18 championships on Sunday. But the midfielder still played a part in it.

Craig Kelly sick of comparisons with other sports

Craig Kelly has urged caution on free agency changes.

Daniel Cherny   One of the AFL's most experienced player agents says he's sick of comparisons with other sports, arguing that football must run its own race in creating workable player movement structures.

New bidding system looks fairer for all

In demand: Isaac Heeney of the Swans.

Emma Quayle   The new bidding system is highly complicated. But it is infinitely fairer than the current set-up, looks fairly bulletproof, guards against bluffing and opens the door to something every list manager would love to see introduced: future trading.

Clubs to pay high price for top-end draft talent under new bidding rules

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Emma Quayle   Clubs will lose multiple draft picks, potentially over two seasons, to secure highly regarded father-son and academy players under the AFL's new points-based bidding system.

Perth teen Eades finds warmth in snowy Ballarat

Yestin Eades is making his mark.

Emma Quayle   It snowed in Ballarat on the day Yestin Eades moved there from Western Australia nine months ago. But it was a move he knew he had to make.

AFL considers northern academy opt-out clause

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Emma Quayle   The expected growth of the four northern academies could lead to future prospects being presented with an "opt-out" clause, allowing them to instead choose to enter the national draft.

Tall prospects start moving up the draft order

Emma Quayle   When they imagined how the 2015 draft might look at the end of last year, recruiters did not see too many tall players filling the top part of the order. Their minds might be starting to change.

Meet the new faces of New South Wales

Draft prospects Callum Mills and Jacob Hopper at Punt Road Oval on Tuesday.

Emma Quayle   Isaac Heeney is safely tucked away in a red and white jumper, snapping left-footed game-sealers.

Algorithmic traders invade $42 trillion bond futures market


Jonathan Shapiro   Secretive ''flash boy'' operators are using high-frequency and algorithmic trading technology to ''jump the queue'' in Australia's $42 trillion interest rate futures market, squeezing out local traders who can't keep up with their computing speed and power.

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Sanderson returns to football as AFL Academy head coach

Former Crows coach Brenton Sanderson will become the academy's first full-time coach in a number of years.

Emma Quayle   Former Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson will oversee the development of the country's most talented draft prospects, as the newly appointed head coach of the AFL Academy program.

The 19th team: The best of the non-AFL rest

On the outer: Brock McLean.

Daniel Cherny   Picking a team of players from those who missed out on an AFL spot in 2015.

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AFL looking at trading of future draft picks

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Jake Niall   The AFL will seriously consider allowing clubs to trade future draft picks - adopting a model from American sports - with a number of clubs and influential figures in favour of the right to trade draft selections a year in advance.

Now that it's all over... some thoughts on this year's AFL draft season

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Emma Quayle   Some thoughts on this year's AFL draft period, which finished with Wednesday's rookie draft.

How Hawks decided on Langford No.3

Family affair: Lachie Langford joins brother Will and father Chris in the rooms after the Hawks’ premiership win.

Emma Quayle   This time last year Lachie Langford liked the idea of playing for Hawthorn, but was not sure how it could happen given he had simply not ever played much football.