Melbourne's Tom McDonald has delayed putting pen to paper on a long-term deal which would tie him to the Demons until at least 2020.
The AFL says it is closing in on a new deal for Melbourne to continue playing home matches in the Northern Territory.
The emergence of Melbourne's youth brigade continues, with a third Demon receiving a rising star nomination this season.
AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy insists there has not been a crackdown on the deliberate rushed behind rule, declaring the umpires were only adhering to the rules.
Melbourne coach Paul Roos has voiced his opposition to mid-season rule crackdowns, while also querying the goal review system.
Melbourne may make up to four changes for this week's trip to Alice Springs, with coach Paul Roos confident in the increasing depth his club has begun to build.
The Demons did just enough to ensure what became a very comfortable win over the Brisbane Lions.
Melbourne have soundly defeated Brisbane in the women's AFL exhibition match at the MCG with the help of their latest multi-code wonder Jess Cameron.
As lobbying for AFL women's teams hits fever pitch, anxious clubs have been moved to question the league about aggressive moves to strategically secure top players pre-emptively on employment contracts. Brisbane's trumpeting this week that it has signed its first marquee player in the prodigious Tayla Harris – which Melbourne was making a serious pitch for - has particularly bristled given list rules for the new competition have not been set by the AFL.
Talented Melbourne youngster Clayton Oliver has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract extension that will tie him to the Demons until the end of 2019 at least.
As a Fairfax soccer writer, I don't get to the MCG all that often – only for very rare Socceroo appearances.
Melbourne midfielder Angus Brayshaw will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering two concussions in the past three weeks.
The man Essendon secured through a trade for Jake Carlisle is set to play his first match of the season when he resumes from a calf injury in the VFL on the weekend.
Melbourne coach pleased his young team worked hard to force the Bulldogs to earn the win.
Western Bulldogs too classy, too experienced and too good for the young Melbourne at the MCG.
Melbourne coach Paul Ross says there is no urgency to re-sign star young forward Jesse Hogan who comes out of contract at the end of next season.
Melbourne won't gamble their premiership aspirations on one player – even one as good as spearhead Jesse Hogan.
Melbourne young gun Jack Viney has signed up for four more years at the club on the rise.
Melbourne's James Harmes has been named as the NAB Rising Star for round seven.