Members could decide Hird’s fate

ESSENDON chairman Paul Little plans to put the fate of James Hird, and the board, to members if players are found guilty of doping.

Bombers players pawns in political game

PARENTS of Essendon players facing doping charges were told their sons had become pawns in a political game at a meeting on Tuesday.

Clubs demand greater TV cash cut

CASH-strapped clubs will demand a greater cut of the game’s TV riches. However, players will also fight for more cash in the next deal.

Holding the ball a priority for AFL

HOLDING the ball and blocking are set to be focus areas for the AFL in 2015 but rule changes will be kept to a minimum.

Freo: Don’t forget our super kids

FREMANTLE believes its rich underbelly of young talent sits marginally behind Port Adelaide’s as the club strives to remain in the premiership race.

Draft and dagger on Gold Coast

AFL talent guru Kevin Sheehan cannot remember a national draft with a deeper pool of young guns or more cloak and dagger tactics.

Tribunal overhaul full of common sense

MARK Evans has done to the judiciary what he was hired by the AFL to do across all footy’s problem areas, writes Jon Ralph.

Saints won’t cut spending despite loss

ST KILDA says it will not sacrifice football department spending despite a loss of nearly $4 million and ballooning club debt.

Saad plays draft waiting game

ST KILDA could revive Ahmed Saad’s career at the draft but only if it deems him physically and mentally ready for an AFL return.

Kangas’ case of Waite and see

NORTH Melbourne is about to take a leaf from Hawthorn and Sydney’s playbook, adding Jarrad Waite to its already tall forward line.

Your club’s promoted, retained rookies

RICHMOND midfielder Anthony Miles and Geelong utility Mark Blicavs lead a class of 22 rookies who have been upgraded to primary lists for 2015.

Paddy keeping cool before the draft

THE story goes that Brendan McCartney would have played Paddy McCartin at the Western Bulldogs this year if the power forward was eligible to play AFL footy.

Gore prepared for rigours of AFL

STURT’S Dean Gore has attracted little hype ahead of Thursday’s National Draft but the numbers don’t lie and the AFL scouts won’t have missed them.

Fyfe to go under the knife

FREMANTLE star Nat Fyfe is due to undergo minor shoulder surgery, but the Dockers are confident it will not impact his pre-season campaign.

Swans to call SCG home for good

THE Sydney Swans have cashed in on Sydney’s stadium wars by securing a groundbreaking 30-year deal to play games exclusively at the SCG.

Little denies attempt to sack Hird

ESSENDON chairman Paul Little denied the club tried to sack James Hird in an in-depth interview with the Herald Sun’s Mark Robinson.

Power on lookout for hard runners in draft

COACH Ken Hinkley’s strong emphasis on running power will have a big influence on Port Adelaide’s four-player draft haul tonight.

Gold Coast draft deal in limbo

THE draft’s future on the Gold Coast remains in limbo as the Queensland Government and the AFL engage in a round of finger pointing.

Flag window shutting on Lyon, Dockers

TIME is the enemy for Ross Lyon. With 12 players aged 29 or older, 2015 must be Fremantle’s year. If he falls short again it might be more than bad luck, writes David King.

Blues, Pies could steal Saad

CARLTON and Collingwood have expressed interest in suspended ex-Saint Ahmed Saad and could trump St Kilda for his services.

Ice baths a thing of the past?

NO more post-match ice baths? This is the study AFL footballers have been waiting for.

AFL unveils radical tribunal overhaul

THE AFL has unveiled a radical overhaul of its tribunal system that also loosens the rules for Brownlow Medal eligibility.

Blues may offer Mick rolling agreement

CARLTON could offer Mick Malthouse continuing employment when his deal with the Blues expires at the end of 2015.

North primed for premiership tilt

NORTH Melbourne won five games against fellow finalists in 2014. That appears the perfect stepping stone for a premiership tilt, writes David King.

Big-bodied Brayshaw gets glowing reviews

PICK ME: BIG-BODIED midfielder Angus Brayshaw exudes leadership and is set to be part of a dream draft package for Melbourne.

Sando’s gut says Danger will stay

FORMER Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says his “gut feel” is star Patrick Dangerfield will stay a Crow.

Magpies hope to mend Mick fences

COLLINGWOOD says Mick Malthouse’s record-breaking Round 5 blockbuster could be a chance to mend fences after ugly break-up.

Colquhoun slow and steady in return

PORT Adelaide defender Sam Colquhoun says he will not place pressure on himself to be available for round one AFL selection despite making strong progress from a knee reconstruction.

Calls for Hird to resign as Dons coach

ESSENDON board hopeful Bill Jennings has called on Bombers coach James Hird to resign over the club’s long-running doping saga.

Ample interest in mysterious Lamb

PICK ME: CARLTON, Essendon and St Kilda are three of Tom Lamb’s biggest fans and eyeing the utility as early as the end of the first round

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