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18 questions before the AFL kicks off in 2020

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13th February, 2020
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13th February, 2020
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These are the question marks that hover over the 18 AFL clubs ahead of the 2020 season.

Adelaide Crows
Who cares?! They had their review but will it actually change anything? I think they have too many good players to be in the bottom four but don’t see them bothering the eight come September.

Brisbane Lions
Was it a fluke?! No, the real question is can they win a final? To go out the way they did raises alarm bells and they need to focus on not becoming a one-hit wonder or we could have Melbourne 2.0.

Carlton Blues
Eddie Betts is back yet the Baggers are still useless. Can they rise above the easy-beat moniker? I still think bottom four is calling. It’s a shame as I would like to see them be the big club they were so many years ago.

Eddie Betts

(AAP Image/Michael Dodge)

Collingwood Magpies
Can they take their game to the next level and achieve ultimate success? Player management is the key. Healthy players win grand finals. No gambling would help, too.

Essendon Bombers
Essendon have found themselves being a very meh team of late. Hopefully it’s more than just Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti playing footy.

Fremantle Dockers
Freo might as well heeve-ho 2020 and just use the year to get some experience. No questions other than will Justin Longmuir be a good coach and make them relevant. Poor Nat Fyfe.

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Geelong Cats
Are they too old? Danger’s favourite hobby is fishing and he wants to live at Moggs Creek – the man was born 80. Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Tom Hawkins, Harry Taylor and Gary Ablett are all getting on in age but will they be the fine wine or the past-its-used-by-date milk?

Gold Coast Suns
Seriously, I thought no one cared about Adelaide but this club has to do something before even Gill McLachlan begins not caring. They have some good players now and the younger guys have had a taste of AFL footy, time to convert that into wins.

Gold Coast Suns players huddle

(Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Greater Western Sydney
Will the big, big sound be as big this year? The team is stacked with stars and will be there in September but that big sound needs to be more like The Who rather than Play School when it counts.

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Hawthorn Hawks
Can the Hawks become the juggernaut that they once were? September calls with Tom Mitchell coming back.

Melbourne Demons
What chalet will they book for September? I can’t see the Dees making an impact in 2020 but can they be a hoodoo side and get some form back?

North Melbourne Kangaroos
Should they just move to Hobart? It seems that they are more confident in their home away from home. Still a bit of work to do before the Roos bounce into the eight.

Port Adelaide Power
Never tear us apart! Because we can do that ourselves. Honestly no questions other than how long until you become relevant. Honestly, they are their own worst enemy and until they get out of their own way they will be in the bottom eight.

Richmond Tigers
Just keep being you! While Alex Rance is a huge loss, they proved that they can do it without him. The question is will they be able to keep blooding new players to keep the experience there?

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Richmond players with the 2019 premiership cup

(Ryan Pierse/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

St Kilda Saints
Well that was a big off-season! Lots expected from the Saints this year but I still don’t see them being a premiership contender.

Sydney Swans
Should we call it a rebuild now or Round 6? The Swans will most likely be on their end-of-season trip in September but a good opportunity for John Longmire to blood some of the younger talent.

West Coast Eagles
The only question is can they win it all? It’s between them and those legends at Punt Road. Tim Kelly added to that midfield is scary. Can’t wait to see him teamed up with Nic Nat.

Western Bulldogs
On paper the Dogs are one of the top teams in the comp and I feel like last year may have been enough to get a bit more bite behind the bark.