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The low down from those in the know

GWS coach Leon Cameron has sympathised with cross-town rivals Sydney over the trade ban thrust on them by the AFL.

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ASADA issues amended show-cause notices

ASADA has issued amended show-cause notices to the 34 players embroiled in AFL club Essendon’s supplements saga.

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Lions and Power the big winners in the AFL’s trading period

Most seasons in the AFL’s trade period, there are some big names that are traded to other clubs. But this year there has been more than ever.

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Star GWS recruit Ryan Griffen has admitted he was on the verge of quitting the AFL after the weight of captaining the Western Bulldogs destroyed his enjoyment of the game.

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Gold Coast ruckman Daniel Gorringe has hit back at social media critics after his “go-home” AFL trade fell through.

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Whatever the status of James Hird’s AFL fan club, Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney is a confirmed subscriber.

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It’s the supplements saga that keeps stinging AFL club Essendon.

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The second last day of AFL trade period was one of action, with haggling and indecision finally replaced by concessions, bold calls and an unfathomable contract.

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GWS trade Tom Boyd to sign Griffen

AFL club Greater Western Sydney have traded Tom Boyd in exchange for Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen and pick No.6 in the draft.

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Brisbane have finally recruited Collingwood star Dayne Beams in an AFL trade that was the result of three weeks of haggling involving five clubs.

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Collingwood star Dayne Beams will join Brisbane, while Port Adelaide remain confident they will recruit Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder.

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It wasn’t only the riches of free agency that led to Nick Malceski joining AFL club Gold Coast.

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Melbourne great Robbie Flower was farewelled in an emotional celebration of the life of one of the AFL’s finest on Monday.

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A year is a long time in football. In 2013, Greater Western Sydney were desperate to recruit some AFL stars and shopped around their No.1 draft pick in trade period.

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Former Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney feels he could have mended the fractured relationships that led to his downfall at the AFL club.

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Evergreen Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher has agreed to play on next AFL season after signing a one-year contract extension with the Bombers.

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Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)

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Dayne Beams

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New Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney (Slattery Images)

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New Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney (Slattery Images)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Winners and losers in the Dayne Beams ‘mega-trade’

After taking a breath and letting the overly lengthy draft period wash over me, I want to have a closer look at the drawn-out, five-club ‘mega-deal’ completed to get Dayne Beams to his desired destination.

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The 2014 AFL trade and free agency report card

By Josh Elliott, 18 Oct 2014

With the AFL’s 2014 Trade and Free Agency period done and dusted, I’ve put together my report cards for each of the eighteen clubs.

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The Ryan Griffen saga shows player power is upon us

By Michael Pepicelli, 17 Oct 2014
The Ryan Griffen saga shows player power is upon us

Welcome to the new AFL, in which players hold all the power and coaches are merely pawns in the players’ games.

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The winners and wieners in the 2014 AFL post season

We know who won the flag and the Norm Smith, but that doesn’t mean there are no more winners in the AFL until first bounce next year. Here are some of the big winners of the off season, along with some honourable mentions.

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2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period: Final day updates, breaking news

The 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period reached a climax yesterday with a string of big name trades being finalised. Today is the last opportunity for clubs to make their moves, up until the deadline of 2:00pm (AEDT).

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Collingwood did right by Beams, now it’s the Bombers’ turn with Ryder

Collingwood’s Dayne Beams has finally flown the coop, leaving the Magpie nest and flying north to join his brother Clay at the Lions.

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2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period: Week 2 updates, breaking news

The 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period was set on fire on Wednesday, with six trades completed and a number of big names crossing clubs, including Dayne Beams, Ryan Griffen and Tom Boyd.

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Fremantle’s trading snooze: Sleeping giant or asleep at the wheel?

Fremantle’s patient approach to the silly season may leave a few holes unplugged as the end to the 2014 AFL Trade Period looms without a single deal done.

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Is the AFL out of touch with NSW and Queensland?

The AFL Commission’s decision to ban the Sydney Swans from trading players until 2017 shows the game’s administrators are completely out of touch with the state of the game in non-traditional AFL states.

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2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period: Week 2 updates, breaking news

The 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period is expected to take off today, with the expected movement of Dayne Beams to the Brisbane Lions early in the morning likely to set off a cascade of further trades as clubs scramble to get their work done before the 2pm Thursday deadline.

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Tom Boyd requests trade to Western Bulldogs – 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period updates

The 2014 AFL Trade and Free Agency period has taken yet another unexpected twist today as 2013′s no 1 draft pick Tom Boyd has requested a trade to the Western Bulldogs after just nine games and eight goals in a single year at Greater Western Sydney.

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The Western Bulldogs must swallow their pride

Tuesday seemed to be the start of a new era down at Whitten Oval with the Western Bulldogs unveiling their new logo and launching their 2015 campaign #BeMoreBulldog.

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The ultimate AFL merry-go-round trade

By aggregated drupe, 12 Oct 2014
The ultimate AFL merry-go-round trade

As we all know it’s trade season in the AFL. So far this season big names such as Paddy Ryder, Patrick Dangerfield, Dayne Beams and Jonathon Griffen have been bandied about with no apparent respect for contracts.

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Player payments must be made public for free agency to work

What exactly is James Frawley being paid now, and how does that compare to other defenders and other players in the competition?

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The Swans played by COLA rules, so why are they being punished?

The AFL has stated that if the Swans trade any players within the next two seasons, and bring in any players through means other than draft picks, then the cost of living allowance will be decreased to zero.

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The AFL announced on Thursday that the Sydney Swans would be banned from trading players into the club unless they forfeited their COLA now, as opposed to 2017 when it will be phased out.

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Malceski is headed to the Suns in this year's free agency period, whilst Langford was a beneficiary of Franklin's exit. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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USAFL 17th National Championships played in Dublin, Ohio is expect to draw over 1,000 fans, officials and players

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Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes of the Swans

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Norm Smith medal winner Luke Hodge

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Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks is tackled by Sam Reid of the Swans during the 2014 AFL Grand Final. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Dae Szydlik

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Gary Ablett of the Suns is taken from the field injured (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media)

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Lance Franklin of the Swans is tackled by Josh Gibson of the Hawks

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