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.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Free agent James Frawley to meet Demon coach Paul Roos

James Frawley (right) has yet to make a call on his future.

Jon Pierik Melbourne may be given a clearer indication of James Frawley's plans when the off-contract utility has his end-of-season interview with coach Paul Roos on Wednesday.

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Focus on AFL coaches unnecessary, says Paul Roos

The state of the wall in the MCG coaches' box after Alastair Clarkson gave vent to his feelings in season 2012.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the propensity of AFL broadcasters to regularly cut to coaches in an animated state on game day is unnecessary and does not add to the spectacle.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

Paul Roos agrees to contract extension with Melbourne

Paul Roos.

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.

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Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Demons coach Paul Roos speaks to the media on Monday.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.

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New coach Paul Roos springs to the Dees' defence

Defensive focus: Paul Roos watches training.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has already made it clear what he expects of his players in terms of defence.

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Paul Roos signed as Melbourne coach for two seasons

Paul Roos signs to coach Demons.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has completed a coaching coup, with Paul Roos to lead the club for at least the next two seasons.

Lyon questions whether Lumumba is a good fit for Demons

Heritier Lumumba began the season strongly but his form slipped along with that of the team as the season unfolded.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has questioned whether disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba would be the right fit for the rebuilding Demons.

Simon Goodwin steps up talks with Demons

Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.

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.

Melbourne hopes to retain James Frawley, despite stinging attack from club legend Garry Lyon

James Frawley of the Demons (right) tries to shrug off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.

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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.

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

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Geelong interested if Cameron Ling wants to join coaching ranks

Geelong logo.

Jon Pierik Geelong is likely to join the hunt for Cameron Ling's services should their triple premiership star decide he wants to become an assistant coach next season.

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Ling close to deciding whether to coach in 2015

Cameron Ling

Jon Pierik He wasn't ready last year but Cameron Ling is close to deciding whether he will be an assistant coach next season, with Melbourne an obvious suitor should he take the plunge.

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Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

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Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

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Jack Grimes says Demons must build on line-in-the-sand win

Jack Grimes:

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes hopes a breakthrough win against Carlton was a ‘‘line-in-the-sand’’ moment for the Demons, as they take aim at the visiting Gold Coast Suns on...