Tigers united, now let them loose

THIS Brendon Gale-led Richmond Football Club is vastly different to its predecessors. That was evident during 2014, writes David King.

Tigers buoyed by finals heartbreak

BRANDON Ellis insists the pain of losing a second straight elimination final will fuel Richmond as it faces its toughest pre-season campaign to date.

Saints ponder merging key roles

ST KILDA is considering rolling its vacant general manager of football performance and director of coaching roles into the one position.

Shaw’s AFL career hinges on ‘unusual’ surgery

THIS is the chunk of bone removed from Sam Shaw’s left leg which the Crows hope will help save his AFL career.

The hard work starts here

OFTEN there is a nervous agitation that swirls around an AFL club on the day that it is to appoint a new coach.

Bomber lobbies club to help pay fine

MARK Thompson is set to pay his AFL-imposed $30,000 fine for his part in Essendon’s supplements saga, but will lobby the club to contribute.

Don’t mention the R-word

THE human face of Collingwood’s private rebuild was on show at Falls Creek this week.

Selwood: Suns are coming, really fast

GEELONG superstar Joel Selwood says the Gold Coast were at the absolute peak of their powers when the Suns scorched the Cats in 2014.

Rewind: AFL coaches’ first words

REWIND: THE first press conference can be a minefield for any newly appointed AFL coach. We look back at same famous, and infamous, first words.

Luke Beveridge new top Dog

THE Western Bulldogs’ search for a new senior coach has come to an end with Luke Beveridge to be named at 1.30pm. Follow live.

Dank faces life ban over doping claims

STEPHEN Dank is set to face an AFL tribunal on serious doping charges that could lead to a life ban from professional sport in Australia.

King: Mick’s job on the line in 2015

WHAT has improved at Carlton in the past 12 months? David King says Mick Malthouse’s job is on the line if the Blues struggle in 2015.

Power hot as but still running at loss

PORT Adelaide would have fallen short of a profit this year even if it had won the AFL premiership.

Eagles peg finals hopes on six seniors firing

WEST Coast hopes the return of six senior players will help the Eagles clinch a September berth for the first time since 2012.

Magpies recruit expert to boost skills

COLLINGWOOD has invested in a biomechanical expert to fix the worst kicking efficiency in the competition.

Two-pronged approach helps Tiger rebuild

BLAIR Hartley explains the strategy behind Richmond’s rebuild, saying the club knew it could not rely solely on young talent.

Saints smashed in searing session

ST KILDA’S pre-season escalated to brutal levels on Friday night, with its youngsters smashed in a seven-hour training session. SEE PICS

Fremantle wraps up Hill until 2019

FREMANTLE has locked away Stephen Hill until the end of the 2019 season after the exciting midfielder signed a long-term contract extension.

AFL puts Bombers in dock

THE AFLPA has welcomed the issue of infraction notices to Essendon players, who will face AFL charges over the alleged use of a banned drug.

Blues need for speed as rebuild continues

CARLTON has not just trimmed its list, it has chopped it in half.

Injured Magpie eyes Round 1 return

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley hasn’t ruled out a Round 1 return for ACL victim Brent Macaffer.

Blues’ new-look forwards to stretch rivals

CARLTON says its reshaped forward line will stretch rival defences next season despite the loss of three star goalkickers in the past two years.

AFL issues Essendon 34 infraction notices

ESSENDON’S 34 current and former players accused of using a banned drug have been hit with infraction notices.

Luke Beveridge new top Dog

THE Western Bulldogs have given away their new coach in a web video — and he doesn’t want to wait for on-field success. Watch press conference live at 1.30pm.

Lloyd to coach Dons, Ling back at Cats

COLEMAN Medallist Matthew Lloyd will return to Essendon as forwards coach, Danny Frawley will work at Hawthorn and Cameron Ling is back at Geelong.

Lloyd, Frawley join coaching ranks

COLEMAN Medallist Matthew Lloyd will return to Essendon as forwards coach, while Danny Frawley will work part-time at Hawthorn.

Elliott seeks more midfield time

COLLINGWOOD high-flyer Jamie Elliott is desperate to overcome lingering hamstring issues and become a genuine midfield option.

Nothing this Ballantyne clone can’t do

PICK ME: AFTER an early glimpse at AFL life, it didn’t take Jack Lonie long to do everything to ensure he would replicate it.

Eagles are just flat-track bullies

WEST Coast almost made the finals but was the only team in 2014 not to beat a top-eight side. Will the real Eagles please stand up, writes David King.

Couch turns coach for draft hopefuls

TOM Couch knows the pain that goes with AFL draft rejection, the despair as you lie crying for two days after your name isn’t read out on draft night.

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