Adam Cooper

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Edwards to face wrath of leadership group: Hardwick

Adam Cooper RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has indicated recruit Aaron Edwards will face further punishment for being drunk in public last weekend.

Tigers won't go easy on Edwards

Aaron Edwards.

Adam Cooper Richmond coach indicates recruit will face further punishment for being drunk in public.

Football

Thomas talks no distraction: Buckley

Dale Thomas

Adam Cooper Collingwood coach plays down fears Dale Thomas' contract negotiations could be a repeat of last year's Travis Cloke saga.

Geelong's Johnson to take one-game AFL ban

Steve Johnson and Hayden Ballantyne

Adam Cooper Geelong forward Steve Johnson admits he must learn from his lack of discipline after becoming the latest Cat to be suspended for striking Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne.

Scott leads North signings

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott.

Adam Cooper North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has signed a contract extension that keeps him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

Big guns hit track as the heat goes up

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Key forwards Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt will play their first games of the pre-season on Saturday.

AFL

Thomas takes care on contract

Dale Thomas

Adam Cooper Collingwood star content to delay contract talks until he regains his fitness and form.

Kangas keen to claim Friday nights

Andrew Swallow

Adam Cooper An increased exposure in high-profile games has North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow convinced the Kangaroos must perform when everyone is watching to take advantage.

AFL

Saint wary of EPL-like competition

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.