Baby steps for Dees, but much to be done

PAUL Roos embarked on what was set to be the toughest coaching appointment in decades. His legacy at Melbourne will be decided in 2015.

AFL to determine Dons 34 tribunal specifics

A MEETING early this week will decide how the AFL finally brings an end to Essendon’s protracted illegal supplements scandal.

Lyon’s stinging warning to Freo troops

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has promised a brutal and uncompromising approach as he launches a new pre-season training campaign.

Darling in for some tender care

WEST Coast forward Jack Darling is in for special care over the next two months as he resumes summer training ahead of the 2015 season.

Players to have say in Dogs captain choice

NEW Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge plans to name the club’s new captain by the end of this week — and he wants the players to have a say.

Cats or Hawks — who’s the contemporary king?

THERE is no other rivalry like the modern-day Geelong-Hawthorn rivalry in AFL/VFL history. But who has been the better team in that period? VOTE

Pint-sized Daniel SA’s best draft prospect

IN A draft shock, pint-sized South Adelaide midfielder Caleb Daniel is his state’s best-credentialed draft prospect, according to Champion Data.

Show us what you’re made of, Sharrod

WEST Coast says it’s show time for midfielder Sharrod Wellingham and demands he deliver on the “big investment” to acquire him.

Frawley duo set for family reunion

IN a novel postscript to the AFL trade period, James Frawley and his uncle, Danny Frawley, will land at Hawthorn at the same time.

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.

Dees believe they are setup to succeed

MELBOURNE has finally created the off-field stability and culture required to develop its elite young players, according to list boss Todd Viney.

Doig winner Fyfe firms as Freo’s next captain

DUAL Fremantle Doig medallist Nathan Fyfe has laid a platform to be Fremantle’s next captain as he won his second successive fairest and best player honour.

Fab Fyfe seals second Doig medal

RAPIDLY rising AFL superstar Nat Fyfe has defied odds to win his second successive Doig Medal as Fremantle’s fairest and best player.

‘Timing is right’ for new top Dog

NEW Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge intends to bring a new level of consistency to one of the most inconsistent sides going around.

Cap changes plans for Blues, McGuinness

CARLTON is the first of the big clubs to alter plans due to the AFL’s new football department spending cap, deciding against a pre-season camp.

Three ways to top for the chosen ones

THREE No. 1 draft picks — Jeff White, Josh Fraser and David Swallow — are now at the Suns. They share their draft experiences with Andrew Hamilton.

Ex-Cat Brown raring to play injury-free

INJURY-PRONE Mitch Brown struggled for consistency at Geelong and was delisted at season’s end. Now he’s looking for a new club.

Richmond talls finding forward harmony

RICHMOND says it better understands how to play three big men in the same forward line after struggling to fit them all in at times last season.

Hunt’s punt on NFL ramps up

FORMER GWS and Geelong defender Josh Hunt has ramped up his gridiron ambitions after a successful punting trip in the United States.

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.

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