The optimism at Melbourne is palpable. Almost to a man, the players are testifying to it.
Football clubs have shifted away from altitude training and gone in search of the sun.
Tempers flared at Melbourne training on Tuesday, two weeks before the club's first pre-season match.
The scuffle between Melbourne's Jack Viney and Tom McDonald came about after Viney broke a crucial unwritten rule: don't smash your teammates in training.
A woman has been employed among the coaches of an AFL club for just the second time in history.
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As the Essendon 34 continue to weigh up their next move, the four rival clubs affected by the supplements saga were told they will know by Friday whether they can access senior top-up talent.
Faced with a familiar ruck crisis, Essendon's choice stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Essendon and Port Adelaide are vying to secure former Demons ruckman Mark Jamar as a top-up player for this season.
As he enters a year when he can become a free agent, there was a minor scare for Jack Watts on Wednesday when the Melbourne utility left training early with an elbow complaint.
Melbourne player Heritier Lumumba was detained in Congo and returned to training at the club four days later than expected.
The man Melbourne will need to fire if the Demons are to end their finals drought has declared he hopes to take his game to "another level" this season.
Almost two years since his most recent AFL game, former Melbourne captain Jack Trengove says he hopes to return to more contact work by the start of February.
For all the pain of the last five and a bit decades - and there has been plenty - there've been some wins to savour too. Here are five of the Demons' best since 1970.
Jack Watts is looking forward to the return of Jack Trengove this year and forecast the feeling among the players when the popular Demon does make it back onto the field will be "pretty special".
Melbourne coach Paul Roos says he aims to spend more time with the club's medical and fitness departments in his final year as senior coach before handing over to assistant Simon Goodwin after the 2016 season.
There are surprising announcements, and then there's the type made by Melbourne on Friday morning.
West Coast have lost some seasoned players, but the Eagles will still go into 2016 with a significantly more experienced list overall than they did this year.
Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones is exceeding expectations as he recovers from neck surgery.
Melbourne reports a $562,000 profit for the 2014-15 financial year.