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James Hird will be removed as Essendon coach in coming days

Caroline Wilson James Hird will be removed as coach of Essendon in the coming days, with the first stage of his removal having taken place on Wednesday when the outgoing club legend was given the opportunity to...

Essendon's Brendon Goddard calls rival AFL clubs unethical

Essendon's Brendon Goddard.

Matt Murnane Prominent player agent Peter Jess says clubs should do anything in their power to tempt the best players to join them, as Essendon star Brendon Goddard branded the approaches to top Bombers as...

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Brendon Goddard tells Paddy Ryder he is 'crucial' to Essendon's plans

Paddy Ryder, right, celebrates with his Bomber teammates.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.

Bryce Gibbs and Brendon Goddard the standout fantasy defenders

Ultimate Footy.

Footy Prophet, Matthew James With Bryce Gibbs and Brendon Goddard the clear standout fantasy defenders this year, they’ve simply swapped places at the top of the rankings this week due to match-ups. 

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Brendon Goddard backs Bomber Thompson to stay at Essendon

Essendon acting captain Brendon Goddard.

Essendon's acting captain adamant that interim coach should stay at the club beyond this season.

Kade Simpson brilliant, Brendon Goddard going about business

Ultimate Footy.

Matthew James Earlier this week on Real Footy we looked at Kade Simpson's brilliant form over the byes, where he was the No. 1-ranked player in fantasy from rounds 8-10.

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Brendon Goddard nursing a calf injury

Essendon's Brendon Goddard

Essendon star Brendon Goddard has returned from the club's altitude training camp in Colorado with a calf muscle injury.

Brendon Goddard says James Hird is ready to move on

Brendon Goddard

Daniel Cherny Essendon's Brendon Goddard has confirmed today that senior Essendon players directly requested James Hird take a vow of silence in order to halt the distractions being caused to the AFL team.

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Brendon Goddard hopes Mark Thompson stays at Essendon

Brendon Goddard.

Star Essendon midfielder says in an ideal world interim senior coach Mark Thompson would stay on as an assistant in 2015.

Dyson Heppell wins Crichton Medal, Essendon's best and fairest award

Dyson Heppell arrives at Essendon's best-and-fairest count.

If Dyson Heppell is on the path to becoming an Essendon great, he has now passed a significant checkpoint on that journey by winning his first best and fairest award aged 22.

Brendon Goddard's spectacular mark

Brendon Goddard's mark.

Fairfax photographer Paul Rovere captured this spectacular set of images as Brendon Goddard took the mark of the AFL grand final on Saturday.

James Hird facing the axe at Thursday board meeting

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson James Hird’s decision to defy his club and potentially prolong his players’ anti-doping battle in appealing last month’s Federal Court decision looks to have ended his coaching...

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Brownlow Medal 2014: club-by-club votes

Club-by-club votes from the AFL Brownlow medal count on Monday night.- (* denotes ineligible).

Commentator intensity reaches high watermark at Seven

Illustration: Matt Golding

Leaping Larry At finals time, as the football performance rate lifts, the effort increases from television commentators.

North Melbourne defender Sam Wright finds his way

Sam Wright marks.

Sam Wright's North Melbourne teammate Nathan Grima called it a game-changer. Wright said it was scary, but worth the risk.

Midfield depth keeps Hawthorn and Sydney on top

Michael Voss - dink - dinkus - thumbnail

Michael Voss The Hawks lead football's evolution, and rivals are scrambling to catch up to them.

Power joins suitors for key Bomber

Hot property: Paddy Ryder is in demand.

Caroline Wilson Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another...

MRP speculation affecting Brent Harvey's preparation

Brent Harvey could be on the sidelines again following this clash with Joel Selwood.

Veteran midfielder says speculation over his possible suspension is affecting his preparation for preliminary final against the Swans.

AFL semi-final: Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Ronny Lerner They met just two weeks ago at the same venue and Fremantle secured a top four spot at Port Adelaide's expense with a narrow win over the Power.

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Toby Greene continues sizzling form in Ultimate Footy

Ultimate Footy.

Footy Prophet, Matthew James There's not much change at the top as we head into fantasy grand finals this week.