From the experts

The low down from those in the know

Dayne Beams’ one-word response said plenty.

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Veteran onballer Brock McLean has blasted Carlton over the lead-up to his AFL delisting.

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AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh had announced on Thursday morning that there would be no response to ASADA’s show cause notices.

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Essendon players won’t respond to show-cause notices

The Essendon players facing potential anti-doping charges want to go before an AFL tribunal as soon as possible.

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Some more unscathed than others in Essendon saga

How many people really know what went on at Essendon through the supplements saga? Millions, apparently!

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Melbourne have delisted Sam Blease and James Strauss after they failed to make an impact in the AFL this season.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley remains bullish about his team, warning the Magpies’ return to AFL power can come quicker than expected.

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Senior Essendon official Neil Craig is adamant that James Hird will be their AFL senior coach next season.

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Essendon great Mark Harvey will return to the AFL club as an assistant coach, completing their match-day staff under James Hird.

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2015 AFL fixture – Round 1 games released

The fixtures for Round 1 of the 2015 AFL season have been released, with the round set to span from Thursday April 2 to Monday April 6.

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Michael Voss’ dreams of becoming an AFL premiership coach are on hold while Ken Hinkley tries to realise his.

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The AFL career of Josh Simpson could be over after the troubled midfielder was delisted by Fremantle on Tuesday.

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The “Paddle Pop Lion” guernsey design has been ditched by a new-look Brisbane – but the AFL club is not presuming they finally have all their troubles licked.

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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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Tom Boyd in action. Photo:Michael Willson

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The Roar of the crowd

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What did we learn from season 2014?

By Terry Russell, 24 Oct 2014
What did we learn from season 2014?

It’s late October and I’m still thinking about footy. It’s tragic, but let’s face it – so are you.

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Gillon McLachlan: Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Being top dog is never easy. The climb to the top is steep and protracted, so when you finally arrive, there is a tendency to relax, become complacent, and forget that tenacity, hard work and dedication got you there in the first place.

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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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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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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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