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.

Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

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Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

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Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, is set to take the AFL Players Association to court

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik The manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey is set to take the AFLPA to court.

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Steven Trigg says no to Saints

Steven Trigg

Jon Pierik St Kilda's search for a new chief continues, with Adelaide boss Steven Trigg informing the Saints he won't join the club.

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Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

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Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

jack watts.

Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

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Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Goodes reveals extent of injury

Adam Goodes

Jon Pierik, in Dublin Adam Goodes has revealed he won’t start running until January as he recovers from a knee complaint.

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Focus shifts to Bock and Demons

Nathan Bock

Jon Pierik Investigators from the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority are set to turn their attention to the Melbourne Football Club and Gold Coast player Nathan Bock now Essendon has been...

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Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.

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Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

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Blues big man proves key in resurgence

Call up: Robbie Warnock (left) with Kade Simpson and Bryce Gibbs at Carlton training on Friday.

Jon Pierik Bryce Gibbs says Robbie Warnock has contributed much to Blues' late-season surge.

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Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.

AFL investigates Buddy's nine-year $10m deal

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik League to launch investigation into Hawk's proposed move to Sydney, who are believed to offered $10m over nine years.

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Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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Bolton confident Buddy won't pay for his $10m price tag

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player Jude Bolton is confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods culture - provided the club's free agency offer is approved by the AFL.

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Buddy will buy into culture: Bolton

Buddy Franklin.

Jon Pierik Dual Sydney premiership player confident Lance Franklin will adjust to the fabled Bloods' culture.

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Hawks stay upbeat despite star's move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn is confident it will eventually benefit from free agency.

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Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.

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