Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, athletics, cricket and tennis. He has been awarded the Grant Hattam Trophy for outstanding journalism in football, while his cricket writing has been recognised in twice winning the Cricket Victoria cricket writer of the year award.

No grey area when it comes to Power star's worth

Michael Gleeson Robbie Gray was overpaid when he signed his last contract. That was the feeling anyway. It was only by a little, but it was 2012 and the Power had to pay someone.

Tigers' season no false dawn despite finals fade-out

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson The season was a success, the finals a failure, Damien Hardwick soberly, bitterly, opined.

AFL

Dockers keeping Gumbleton waiting

Scott Gumbleton.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Fremantle works through Essendon forward's medical assessment.

Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.

Essendon lodges Goddard paperwork with AFL

Brendon Goddard at training

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.

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Tigers secure Chaplin under free agency

Troy Chaplin

Michael Gleeson Richmond has signed its second free agent with Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin this afternoon informing his club he had signed with the Tigers.

Free agency gets off to a clean, efficient start

Danyle Pearce, with (inset, top) Brendon Goddard and (inset, bottom) Chris Knights.

Michael Gleeson So, do you like it? Free agency that is. I suspect most won't care too much at this stage.

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Knights joins Tigers, Chaplin close behind

Chris Knights.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Richmond's bid to emerge as a legitimate finals aspirant has gained momentum, with the Tigers adding depth and dash through the midfield and almost certainly a key defender on the first day of free...

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St Kilda's turn to go shopping

Josh Caddy.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

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Monfries trade a win-win deal for Bombers, Power

Angus Monfries.

Michael Gleeson Essendon and Port Adelaide have brokered a deal to deliver them both a win that by-passed free agency compensation by trading free agent Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide for a draft pick.

Tough talk on Caddy and Tippett

The Crows' Kurt Tippett (above) and the Suns' Josh Caddy (below):  Trade dominoes that could take time to fall.

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.

Hawthorn unhappy at compensation

Clinton Young

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn feels the brunt of the AFL's first free agency period, losing Clinton Young.

AFL

Clubs unhappy with free agent compo picks

Hawthorn's Clinton Young in action in July.

Michael Gleeson The compensation pick a club receives for losing a free agent should not be tied to that club's finishing position, some AFL clubs say.

AFL

Jolly's column backed, while KB has his say

Kevin Bartlett

Michael Gleeson Collingwood ruckman receives support from current and former players for his views.

Fairytale for Blue unlikely

Carlton's Sam Rowe

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.

AFL

Tigers keep marching on

Richmond's Trent Cotchin gets the ball out from St.Kilda's Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes and David Armaitage at the MCG

Michael Gleeson Richmond key forward stars with seven goals as Tigers hold off St Kilda in second-round clash.

AFL

Test for Hawkish Tigers

Pressure: Bulldog Koby Stevens is snared by Tigers Steve Morris and Troy Chaplin.

Michael Gleeson More than 80,000 people will be at the MCG on Saturday. It will have about it the feel of a final.

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Test for hawkish Tigers

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Michael Gleeson More than 80,000 people will be at the MCG on Saturday. It will have about it the feel of a final.

AFL

Emerging Bomber out with sore ankle

Jake Carlisle.

Michael Gleeson Jake Carlisle, one of the emerging stars of the competition this year, has been forced out of the side to play Greater Western Sydney with an ankle injury suffered on Anzac Day.

High hopes but free agents failing to make their mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Free agency was the tool introduced for clubs to ratchet themselves up the ladder.