The finals sides bitten by the injury bug

FOOTY clubs control everything — except health and suspension. Which contenders have been hurt most by injuries and MRP bans heading into September?

Rebuild will take time: Bolton

NEW Carlton coach Brendon Bolton won’t put a time frame on how long it may take to rebuild the Blues, instead focusing on establishing a “sustained platform”.

Murphy ruled out for final two games

CARLTON has confirmed captain Marc Murphy will miss the final two rounds after dislocating his shoulder in the Blues’ win over Melbourne on Sunday.

Menzel ‘in frame’ for AFL return

DANIEL Menzel is “well and truly in the frame” to play Collingwood on Friday night but Chris Scott has stopped short of declaring him a guarantee.

Stevie J ‘an idiot’: AFL Confidential

Stevie J says “I’m an idiot”, Nic Naitanui does it for mum and a Cats Recruit despairs about One Direction in Round 21’s social media wrap, AFL CONFIDENTIAL.

Dockers secure exciting forward on new deal

FREMANTLE forward Hayden Crozier will resist offers to return home to Victoria and is set to re-sign with the club for another two years.

Top boss: Another Clarko clone graduates

BRENDON Bolton becomes the fifth Hawks assistant coach to serve under Alastair Clarkson to take up a senior role at another AFL club.

Cat Smedts rewarded with new deal

GEELONG utility Billie Smedts will stay at the club after signing a new two-year deal.

Pies fans ‘approached line’: Rance

RICHMOND defender Alex Rance says Collingwood fans “approached the line” in their behaviour during Saturday’s clash between the two sides at the MCG.

Fix my ‘insipid’ Dees, Roosy

MELBOURNE legend Garry Lyon has slammed Paul Roos, saying the responsibility falls on the coach to fix a negative environment.

Pies don’t want to see loss like that again

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley does not want to see a repeat of Saturday’s humiliating 91-point loss to Richmond.

Lang adds to Cats’ Rising Star litter

RISING Star nominee Darcy Lang says he “loves” learning off Geelong’s premiership heroes and hopes they play on for as long as possible.

Suns at loggerheads with key trio

GOLD Coast is facing a salary cap juggling act with Rory Thompson, Charlie Dixon and Aaron Hall all out of contract and expecting pay rises.

Young defender quits Crows, AFL

UNTRIED Crows defender Sam Siggins has quit the Adelaide Football Club for personal reasons, including his emotional difficulties since the death of coach Phil Walsh.

Late-season heroics bittersweet for Jonas

TOM Jonas feels like a barometer for Port’s season — strong start, lost in the middle then finishing with the swagger of old.

Swan song for Saint Schneider

ST KILDA veteran Adam Schneider will play his last AFL game against former club Sydney on Sunday. SEE YOUR CLUB’S RETIREMENTS

Rance warns Dons can’t be taken lightly

RICHMOND defender Alex Rance says the Tigers know complacency is one of their biggest enemies heading into this weekend’s clash with Essendon at the MCG.

Chappy set for fitting farewell

PAUL Chapman will return to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs when he ends his stunning career at the MCG against Richmond this Saturday night.

Higgins ready to face former teammates

NORTH Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins says he’s glad he has had to wait until Round 22 for his first game against his old side, the Western Bulldogs.

Sheedy: I want to see Hird coach again

JAMES Hird should return to coaching somewhere down the track, according to his own former coach Kevin Sheedy.

‘Hendo’s mum showed more fight’

BROCK McLean says Carlton would have been better off with Lachie Henderson’s mum at full-forward than his former teammate this season.

Bolton named new Blues coach

UPDATE: Brendon Bolton has won one of the toughest jobs in football as Carlton’s new senior coach.

Can Fletcher make it to 401?

DUSTIN Fletcher hasn’t given up on a farewell 401st game for Essendon in the final round of the season.

Blues poised to unveil Bolton

UPDATE: CARLTON will today announce Brendon Bolton as its new coach with a press conference scheduled for 3.30pm at its home base of Ikon Park.

Video: Did this miss keep Cats alive?

GEELONG’S finals chances took a hit on Saturday night following a dramatic draw with St Kilda. But could it have been a whole lot worse? WATCH.

Roos slams ‘veil of negativity’ at Dees

PAUL Roos has slammed the “negative environment” surrounding Melbourne following another demoralising defeat over the weekend.

Demons staying true to long-term plan

MELBOURNE president Glen Bartlett says the club will stick with its long-term plans despite being “disappointed” by the Demons’ patchy form.

What will week one of finals look like?

WHAT will week one of the finals look like? Where will your side play and when? Fox Footy analyses the possible outcomes.

Should Dustin Martin be fined for this?

DUSTIN Martin responds to one-fingered salutes from Collingwood fans with a gesture of his own. And he is about to pay a big price. WATCH

SuperFooty Podcast: It’s wide open

FLAG race is wide open, Richmond and Kangas flex their muscle, Mick slams Melbourne, Crows look dangerous and which fans are “arrogant”? LISTEN HERE

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