Crows, Glass discussing new role

FORMER West Coast Eagles skipper Darren Glass could have a role developing Adelaide’s leadership group and junior defenders next season.

Port could be powerhouse: Champion Data

PORT Adelaide’s inspired capture of Paddy Ryder has positioned it to not only contend for next year’s premiership but be an AFL powerhouse.

How AFL players spend their off season

PICTURES: TAKE a look at how your AFL stars spend their time chilling out when they’re not required at an AFL club.

Port aims to find diamond in the rough

PORT Adelaide says it is “really excited’’ about the prospect of trying to find some diamonds in the rough in this year’s drafts.

Howlett staying is ‘terrific loyalty’: Hird

ESSENDON coach James Hird has praised Ben Howlett for sticking fat with the club, labelling his recent re-signing as a “terrific show of loyalty”.

Decision time looms for Bomber

MARK Thompson faces a crucial upcoming meeting with Essendon chiefs to determine his involvement at the club next season.

The draft’s most relevant ‘Mr Irrelevants’

THE last pick of each NFL draft is affectionately branded “Mr Irrelevant”. But some AFL players picked last have put the title to shame. VOTE

Surgery for Clarke after season in agony

FREMANTLE big man Zac Clarke will have more surgery on the knee he injured at a music festival last summer in a major blow for the Dockers.

Voss arrives to help Port deliver flag success

IN HELPING AFL wannabes to live their dreams, Michael Voss has emerged as the man Port Adelaide needs to turn premiership promise into reality.

Aish puts contract talks with Lions on ice

CONTRACT extension talks between Brisbane and young gun James Aish have been set aside until the end of the pre-season

New Pie hoping for Crisp start

JACK Crisp got the shock of his life when his name was floated as part of a deal to get Dayne Beams from Collingwood to Brisbane.

Crows let hair down overseas

ADELAIDE players have put a tumultuous start to the off-season behind them by jetting around the world on their end-of-season break.

Pies overhaul fitness department

BEN Reid will start pre-season on schedule as Collingwood makes key changes to its medical and fitness department in a bid to conquer a horror injury run.

McCartin’s balancing act

GEELONG Falcons power forward Paddy McCartin is leaving nothing to chance.

Gorringe: I’m disgusted, Port lied to me

SA-BORN Gold Coast ruckman Daniel Gorringe is unlikely to deal with Port Adelaide again declaring the Power “lied to me” during trade talks.

Pick trade could cost Crows Durdin

ADELAIDE’S decision to trade its first draft pick down four spots could cost it a shot at gun South Australian teenager Sam Durdin.

Lyons remains with Adelaide

JARRYD Lyons has committed his immediate future to the club — rather than try his luck in the pre-season draft — by re-signing for two years.

Post-trade period knee jerk reactions

FREE agency and the trade period is over and despite no one playing a single game, let’s make some predictions of who did well and who stuffed up.

Senior list upgrade beckons for Mitchell

KANE Mitchell’s dream of securing a senior spot on an AFL list has been realised, with Port Adelaide to upgrade him at its next list lodgement.

Hinkley, Walsh fit bill as coaches

NEW Adelaide coach Phil Walsh and Port’s Ken Hinkley are exactly what a head coach should be, according to AFLCA acting chief Mark Brayshaw.

ASADA won’t go easy on Bombers

ASADA boss Ben McDevitt has signalled the anti-doping body will not accept ­extravagantly lenient deals the AFL may strike with the 34 past and present Essendon players reissued with show cause notices.

Freo’s draft net spreads around the nation

LITTLE-KNOWN South Australian Sam Durdin could be Fremantle’s next key position prodigy through next month’s national draft.

20cm growth spurt puts big Dog on draft radar

CAMERON Loersch stands out in a crowd, but he could still be a dark horse when AFL clubs make important draft choices next month.

Walsh, Crows plan Dubai training camp

ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh has put in a request for a training camp in Dubai next summer ahead of his second season as Crows coach.

Suns refuse to poach existing senior coach

GOLD Coast has identified a hit-list of coaching candidates it intends to headhunt but it will not include any current AFL senior coaches.

Will first pick break poisoned chalice status?

TODAY more research goes into who will become the number 1 player in each draft — a tag history says is something of a poisoned chalice.

Ankle surgery won’t delay Petrie

NORTH Melbourne says key forward Drew Petrie will start pre-season on time after ankle surgery forced him to miss the club’s best-and-fairest.

No.1 pick or not, McCartin has no regrets

HE COULD be St Kilda or Melbourne’s next power forward, but Geelong Falcons star forward Paddy McCartin is leaving nothing to chance.

Monfries, Ryder to receive show cause advice

PORT Adelaide pair Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder will get independent legal advice on how to deal with the new ASADA show cause notices.

Crows prevail in battle of SA’s modern greats

ADELAIDE — as a club and a city — will celebrate 25 seasons of AFL football in SA next year. Celebrate seems the appropriate theme.

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