Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players must understand that any contact to the head is likely to result in suspension.
Jon Pierik Essendon almost certainly will need to reward him with a pay increase.
Jon Pierik Throughout the supplements saga of recent months, Essendon has remained focused.
Jon Pierik As the Essendon players arrived at Perth airport on Saturday morning, it was difficult to know what to make of the situation.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik St Kilda president Greg Westaway says Brendon Goddard's defection highlights why divide between rich and poorer clubs needs to be eased.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
Jon Pierik Nick Riewoldt remains open to relinquishing the St Kilda captaincy as he works towards a contract extension.
Jon Pierik Essendon captain switches management while Trent Cotchin divides his loyalty.
Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.
Jon Pierik Players tell AFL they do not want interchange system to be changed next season.
Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.
Jon Pierik Marty Pask urges AFL to act to aid clubs and players during free agency.
Jon Pierik Melbourne insists pick 20 will be a fair trade for Chris Dawes when it attempts to broker a deal for the Collingwood key forward.
Jon Pierik St Kilda supporters may not have to wait long next season to vent their displeasure at their former star Brendon Goddard.
Jon Pierik Goddard has yet to decide whether to quit the Saints but will soon make his intentions clear.
Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Football's brave new world of free agency has begun with a bang with Saint Brendon Goddard lodging the paperwork for Essendon's four-year offer with the AFL.
Jon Pierik St Kilda president Greg Westaway says the Saints have no regrets about losing Brendon Goddard as they offered him a 'lump' of money to stay at the club.
Jon Pierik and Jared Lynch An explanation of how the free agency process works in the AFL. The free agency peroid is between October 1-19.
Jon Pierik ST KILDA veteran Justin Koschitzke will remain at St Kilda for at least another season.