Adam Cooper

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Current Demons unaffected by tank turmoil: Clark

Adam Cooper and Caroline Wilson Melbourne forward Mitch Clark says the tanking investigation circling his club is having no impact on the players as they prepare for the 2013 season.

AFL

Sheedy weighs in on Demons' woes

Kevin Sheedy

Adam Cooper Kevin Sheedy says he saw "problems coming" at Melbourne when granted a "Clayton's interview" by the Demons for their then-vacant coaching position in 2007.

Sheedy spotted demons at Melbourne

Kevin Sheedy

Adam Cooper KEVIN SHEEDY says he saw ''problems coming'' at Melbourne when granted a ''Clayton's interview'' by the Demons for their then-vacant coaching position in 2007.

AFL

Rodan relishes new role at Demons

David Rodan

Adam Cooper Melbourne recruit David Rodan expects his various experiences to be handy in mentoring his younger teammates, but is hopeful he can stay at the club long enough to see the circle of success turn.

Rodan can see the good in the Demons

Melbourne mentor: The Demons' mature recruit David Rodan at training this week.

Adam Cooper Melbourne recruit expects his experience to be handy in mentoring his younger teammates.

Byrnes stars for Demons

Adam Cooper Former Geelong forward Shannon Byrnes showed he could be a handy acquisition.

Demons cop huge fine on the chin

Don McLardy

Adam Cooper Melbourne president Don McLardy insists his club’s integrity is intact.

Australian football

Integrity intact: Demons

Dees fined: Don McLardy faces the media.

Adam Cooper Dees slugged $500,000 for being responsible for two former officials who acted outside AFL rules in 2009.

Saints' burst makes Demons pay

Point made: Saint Stephen Milne celebrates a goal against Melbourne.

Adam Cooper St Kilda secures a third win from four pre-season games, this time over Melbourne.

AFL launches Demons tanking claim probe

Brock McLean

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper AFL launches investigation into claims made by former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean that Demons tanked in 2009.

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A timeline on 'tanking' in the AFL

Sherrin football

Compiled by Adam Cooper A timeline on the tanking issue in the AFL

Tanking: now the government is involved

Adam Cooper Victoria's gambling regulator has been asked how to ensure punters have confidence in the integrity of AFL games amid the tanking investigation centred on Melbourne.

Wilderness for Dees: Kennett

Mark Neeld oversees Melbourne's first training run on Thursday.

Adam Cooper Former Hawthorn president says Demons could face a decade in the AFL wilderness.

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Sheedy saw Dees' problems coming

Kevin Sheedy.

Adam Cooper Veteran coach says he foresaw problems when interviewed by Demons in 2007.

Nothing to hide: Geelong

Geelong has been drawn into the investigation because Dean Robinson worked previously at the Cats.

Adam Cooper, Emma Quayle Investigation into Essendon's use of supplements will prompt discussions among conditioning staff at other clubs and is likely to lift the pressure on players to question any substance they are given.

Dawes open for a fresh start

Melbourne's Chris Dawes

Adam Cooper Among Melbourne's younger players, Chris Dawes regularly finds himself asked for information.

Drugs in sport

AFL doctor takes jab at treatment

Andrew Daff

Adam Cooper The medical officer advising the AFL Players Association says there is little need for players to be injected with supplements, and is hopeful ''regulatory sanity'' is restored over what products are...

Former AFL doctor says it was 'very rare' to inject players with vitamins

Andrew Daff

Adam Cooper The medical officer advising the AFL Players Association claims there should be little need for players to be injected with supplements, and is hopeful "regulatory sanity" is restored across the...

Connolly and Bailey bear the brunt of AFL tanking probe

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Adam Cooper The AFL has suspended former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey and the club's ex-football operations manager Chris Connolly - both will keep their jobs.

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AFL priorities were wrong, says Roos

Paul Roos

Adam Cooper and Deborah Gough Ex-coach blames AFL for creating environment in which teams encouraged to perform poorly.