Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

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.

AFL

Roos to shun safe footy: Ziebell

North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell has urged his teammates to maintain their attacking mindset.

AFL

Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

Paul Roos agrees to contract extension with Melbourne

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has agreed to a third year as coach of Melbourne, meaning he will remain in charge until the end of 2016.

AFL

Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, AFLPA wants more of it

Chris Scott:

Jon Pierik and Peter Hanlon Chris Scott wants free agency scrapped, but the players' assocation on Tuesday responded by flagging a preferred model that would dramatically increase the sort of frenzied speculation that Geelong's...

AFL

Will Evans, the son of former Essendon boss David Evans, quits Bombers just as Hird set to return

Former Essendon chairman David Evans: May give evidence.

Jon Pierik In an intriguing twist of timing, the son of former club chairman David Evans has tendered his resignation at Essendon and will leave the club just as James Hird returns from suspension.

AFL

Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

AFL

Essendon confidential: 11 to see ASADA documents

Essendon will file a Federal Court injunction against ASADA

Jon Pierik Eleven Essendon board members and senior figures will have access to confidential documents supplied by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

AFL

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

Seedsman ready to shape his own Collingwood destiny

Above the rest: developing backman Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Upon recently announcing his career was over, Maxwell took developing backman Paul Seedsman aside and said he would still be happy to critique his game.

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.

Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

AFL

Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

AFL

Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

AFL

James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

AFL

Dank threatens legal action against AFL's Harcourt

Gillon McLachlan

Jon Pierik While the AFL insists Peter Harcourt has not broken any contractual arrangement, former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank says he is seriously considering legal action against the league's...

AFL

Essendon players knew what they had been given, claims Stephen Dank

Stephen Dank: ''None of us have done anything wrong.''

Jon Pierik Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements scandal, insists the players knew what they had been administered and has described the club's internal report into his injecting...

AFL

Harcourt rebuked over AFL drug 'retirement' claims

Peter Harcourt (far right) has been rebuked by the AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to clarify comments made by its medical director at a Zurich conference, insisting players are not "retired" by the league for illicit drugs problems but rather make their own...

AFL

Privatisation of AFL clubs not on, says Hawthorn boss

Andrew Newbold

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says privatisation of an AFL club would only happen again if an owner was prepared to "tear up some money".