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 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.
Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...
Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.
Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players have a "grieving" mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night's clash against the Adelaide Crows.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...
Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.
Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.
Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.
Jon Pierik Saints endured a tumultuous campaign last year, tasting victory only five times.
Jon Pierik As the Bombers welcome back several big names for NAB Challenge clash against Port, there's one, in particular, who has caught the eye of assistant coach Nathan Bassett.
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 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 Essendon captain switches management while Trent Cotchin divides his loyalty.