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Who is winning the Lance Franklin deal?

Three years ago, Lance Franklin joined the Sydney Swans as a restricted free agent. A nine-year, $10 million deal that set off a chain of events that continues to unfold today. One-third of the way into the deal, what’s happened?

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AFL players strike a possibility in preseason says Dangerfield

Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield says strike action during the AFL’s pre-season competition remains an option as the AFLPA seeks a better deal for players.

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Jarryd Roughead gets the green light for AFL training return

Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead has declared himself cancer free and is back in full training for an AFL comeback.

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Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston says he’s up for captaining the side if Luke Hodge decides to hand over the reins.

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Suns ready to replace Ablett as captain

It might have come as a shock to fans but Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says he’s well advanced in his plans to replace Gary Ablett as the Suns’ captain.

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Barry Hall joins Suns in coaching role

Former Sydney great Barry Hall will join Gold Coast’s coaching staff for the 2017 AFL season.

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Port’s Impey allegedly crashed into cars

Port Adelaide AFL player Jarman Impey is cooperating with police following claims he fled the scene after twice crashing into parked cars on an Adelaide street.

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Guess who’s coming to Friday night footy?

Boy oh boy, wowee! I hope you like never-ending exclamations of excitement Roarers, because here’s some news that will certainly prompt one – a replacement has been found for the legendary Dennis Commetti on Friday night footy, and it’s Big Boy Brian Taylor!

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Swallow signs on for Suns as rebuild looms

Gold Coast’s re-signing of gun midfielder David Swallow is another sign the Suns are on the rebound after a tough couple of years.

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Schwab to depart Lions for AFL: reports

Brisbane appear likely to lose respected list manager Peter Schwab to the AFL.

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The missing link in the AFL’s quest to become a year-round sport

With draft season over, the AFL enters the quietest month of the calendar as the year draws to a close. Here’s how that travesty can end, and the league become a true year-round sport.

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Live trading would give the AFL draft some much-needed drama

Picture this: it’s the 2016 AFL Draft. Essendon have just taken Andrew McGrath at pick No.1, defying what was the expectation for much of the year that goal-kicking midfielder Hugh McCluggage would be the first pick.

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Gary Ablett calls time on Suns’ captaincy

Gary Ablett’s six-year reign as Gold Coast captain is over, with the under-siege AFL star standing down on Tuesday.

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Stephen Dank has AFL appeal thrown out

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has had his appeal against his lifetime ban from the AFL dismissed by the competition’s anti-doping appeal board.

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2016 AFL Rookie Draft: Every player picked and where they went

The last piece of the AFL draft puzzle in place after the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft was run. A number of former AFL players found new homes through the draft.

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Suns set to replace Ablett as captain

Gold Coast will probably have a new AFL captain next year as Gary Ablett deals with family issues and tries to regain full fitness.

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Giants Women Train

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The Dockers' Michael Johnson

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The Roar of the crowd

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Why Nathan Buckley must remain at the helm for 2017 and beyond

With hatred clouding their judgements and incapacitating their ability to see things logically, of course the AFL world doesn’t think Collingwood will play finals in 2017.

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Cornwill’s season previews: Adelaide Crows

By William Cornwill, 6 Dec 2016
Cornwill’s season previews: Adelaide Crows

Despite losing their best player in the off season, the Crows had a great season last year and surprised quite a few observers. What’s in store for 2017?

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Sport on TV: An ever-growing world of choice

“Too much sport is never enough”. The famous saying rings true on our televisions today, especially for those of us with pay-TV. But even for those without, turning on the TV opens up a visual smorgasbord of sporting choice.

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Colllingwood: What’s the next plan, Eddie?

By Geoff Schaefer, 5 Dec 2016
Colllingwood: What’s the next plan, Eddie?

While every club’s supporters were eyeing the latest draft intensely, there were probably few fans more nervous than Collingwood supporters.

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There was a time when The Footy Show was one of the most popular TV shows, drawing in viewers from all around the country with their light-hearted view on the footy world.

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Your club’s next breakout player

By Hamish Hutton, 29 Nov 2016
Your club’s next breakout player

This time last year I put together a list of young up and coming players who I thought were ready to push into an elite status.

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Relax, it’s all Sunny in the sunshine state

By Geoff Schaefer, 29 Nov 2016
Relax, it’s all Sunny in the sunshine state

This week’s Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett has joined his teammates in full training for the first time after a club-approved extension of his honeymoon with wife Jordan.

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Alex Witherden gets his Brisbane wish at the AFL Draft

Six years ago, Alex Witherden remembers being a wide-eyed 12-year-old watching Dayne Beams trot around the MCG as Collingwood won the flag.

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Brisbane strike gold in Ballarat

By Keagan Ryan, 27 Nov 2016
Brisbane strike gold in Ballarat

While the rest of the AFL world was busy scrutinising the academy system, Brisbane quietly went about finding gems in its unofficial pool of talent.

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At the draft, where dreams come true

By mds1970, 27 Nov 2016
At the draft, where dreams come true

Draft night. It’s the AFL’s Night of Optimism, when every club leaves with a stronger list than they arrived with.

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McCluggage packs his bags, requests trade from Lions

Number three draft pick Hugh McCluggage has surprised the football world by requesting a trade from the Brisbane Lions just 15 minutes after being selected.

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2016 AFL Draft: Every pick, every player, live updates and blog

Running defender Andrew McGrath made history on Friday night, joining the Essendon Bombers at pick No.1 in the 2016 AFL Draft.

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Behind the scenes of building Collingwood’s playing list

The work of an AFL recruiter affects a huge number of people. Aside from players, there are coaches, whose employment prospects largely depend on the quality of your work.

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There has never been any question marks about William Rioli’s natural talent.

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2016 mock draft – final edition

By Tom Baulch, 20 Nov 2016
2016 mock draft – final edition

The final edition of my full mock draft is here.

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AFL Friday Flashbacks: Gary Moorcroft

By Connor Bennett, 19 Nov 2016
AFL Friday Flashbacks: Gary Moorcroft

Gary Moorcroft had a respectable career in the AFL, but will mostly be remembered for taking “that mark” back in 2001 to write his name into Aussie Rule’s folklore.

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Gillon McLachlan fronts the media

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Trent Cotchin of the Tigers kicks for goal. Photo by Darrian Traynor

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Gareth Andrews from the AFLPA

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In 2016, the Western Bulldogs won their first premiership since 1954

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Wayne Weidemann of the Crows in action during the 1993 round 21 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Gillon McLachlan press club speech

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