Kelly leads the way for Stokes signature

DUAL Geelong premiership player Matthew Stokes says he would not have come out of retirement had James Kelly not first committed to the Bombers.

Paparone at home in Brisbane

MARCO Paparone still misses his family, but he no longer yearns for home. He is at home at the Brisbane Lions after signing new deal.

Eddie’s fixture proposal a ‘gimmick’

CATS president Colin Carter has rubbished Eddie McGuire’s fixture proposals, suggesting an even draw is near impossible under an 18-club format.

Wines, Port close in on long-term deal

PORT Adelaide is confident it can secure brutish on-baller Ollie Wines on a long-term contract, with the possibility of a deal being struck before Round 1.

Fame game: Your club’s celebrity fans

IN the wake of Cam Newton’s successful summer at the Tigers, we look at your club’s most popular supporters — both locally and abroad.

The Lions young gun eyeing Round 1

IF DAYNE Zorko was picking Brisbane’s Round 1 team to face West Coast, Josh Schache’s name would be on the whiteboard inside forward 50.

Bombers’ financial drain continues

ESSENDON’s 2016 financial drain from the ASADA saga is about to rapidly escalate after a $200,000 fine from Worksafe Victoria on Thursday.

Dea joins Dons as latest top-up signing

ESSENDON has added defensive depth to its depleted squad, with Matt Dea agreeing to join the club as a top-up player.

Ultimate frisbee sisters with AFL dream

CAT and Michelle Phillips are ultimate frisbee gold medallists. But now they’re turning their attention to AFL. The catch? They want to play both.

Why AFL must dream big on women’s footy

DARREN Flanigan says the AFL must dream big to fast-track the success of the women’s game. His proposal? A 10 team competition starting in 2017.

Simpkin ‘can’t wait’ to be a Bomber

NEW Essendon recruit Jonathan Simpkin admits he is “pinching himself” after landing at a fourth AFL club, signing on as a top-up player.

Eddie’s radical fixture proposal revealed

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has proposed radical changes to the AFL fixture, including handing the NAB Challenge winner a wildcard finals berth.

Summer slog: Who’s burning up the track?

TRAINING the house down? Who are the AFL players setting themselves up for a big 2016 season with a strong pre-season. EVERY CLUB RATED.

Why Buddy’s primed for bumper season

LUKE Parker reports star teammate Lance Franklin is “flying” through pre-season training since returning to the club following extended leave.

Bombers add another premiership top-up

ESSENDON is set to add another premiership player to its squad, with the signing of former Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes as a top-up.

Port’s Polec gets the all-clear

PORT Adelaide speedster Jared Polec can plan to play a full AFL season this year after being cleared of the crippling left-foot injury that wrecked his 2015 campaign.

Blast from the past for West Coast

TWO of West Coast’s most famous No. 9’s teamed up for a photo at Subiaco Oval when Ben Cousins paid a visit on Friday.

Dons add more premiership experience

ESSENDON has added more premiership experience to its list, confirming the signings of Mathew Stokes and James Polkinghorne as top-ups.

LIVE CHAT! SuperCoach 2016 is open

LAUNCH Day! It’s one of the biggest days on the SuperCoach calender. Register now and start picking your team. LIVE BLOG 12pm-2pm (AEDT)

Homesick Giant granted ‘indefinite leave’

GWS Giants forward Cam McCarthy is set to return to Western Australia after being granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with “personal issues”.

Swans secure Smith’s services until 2018

NICK Smith is the latest star player to re-commit to the Sydney Swans, penning a two-year contract extension on Friday.

Colquhoun spreads his wings up forward

PORT Adelaide’s Sam Colquhoun is embarking on a scene change with the running defender and midfielder spending time learning the craft of a forward.

Dash is back: Why Port’s ready to run again

THOUGHT Port Adelaide’s run-until-you-drop gameplan was old news? Wrong. And the style that had other clubs playing copycat could go up a gear.

Why ‘hit and giggle’ AFL pre-season works

COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire wants to spice up the NAB Challenge. But the current format might be as good as it gets.

Blowtorch: Who’s under the pump in 2016?

FOOTBALLERS at every clubs will be fighting for their careers and reputations in season 2016, however, for a few, there’s a little extra riding on it.

Simpkin signs, Bombers add another Cat

ESSENDON unveiled Hawthorn premiership player Jonathan Simpkin as its third top-up player after Mathew Stokes completed a medical with the club.

Grant breaks wrist in bike accident

GOLD Coast recruit Jarrad Grant has suffered a broken wrist in a cycling accident and is racing the clock to be fit for the NAB Challenge.

Kangas’ skipper call in hands of coaches

THE votes are in, but veteran Jarrad Waite says a decision on who will captain North Melbourne this season is yet to be made.

‘What he says is really irrelevant’

NEW Essendon captain Brendon Goddard fires back at Paul Chapman’s assessment of his leadership as he confirmed Mathew Stokes would join the Bombers.

The injury-free Bulldog ready to ruck

JORDAN Roughead says he’s injury-free and ready to take up the ruck mantle at the Western Bulldogs, after a finger injury kept him sidelined late last year.

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