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Grundy set for seven-year deal

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley has confirmed that Brodie Grundy will score a seven-year AFL deal, after initial reluctance from the club. It emerged last week that the Magpies and the ruckman’s management are closing on the bumper contract. One of the AFL’s best players becomes eligible for restricted free agency at the end...

Eagles wrap arms around Ryan

WEST Coast forward Oscar Allen says the players are wrapping their arms around Liam Ryan after he was subjected to a vile racist attack on social media last week. Ryan was live streaming on Instagram last Thursday night when a follower posted a racist comment about the AFL goalsneak’s daughter. It’s not the...

Buddy inspires with early return

NOW the oldest player on Sydney’s list, a lighter, leaner Lance Franklin has sent a strong message to the AFL club’s new breed. Franklin, who turns 33 in January, already had two weeks of voluntary training under his belt as Sydney’s other senior players returned to begin their pre-season on Monday. The star...

Saint recovering from new setback

INJURY-plagued St Kilda star Dan Hannebery hopes his latest setback only puts him a couple of weeks behind in his AFL pre-season. Hannebery was out of his moon boot and back in running shoes as most of the Saints returned to training on Monday with a 3km time trial. Last month the...

Time shift for Anzac Day clash

ANZAC Day will feature four AFL matches in 2020, with the league also opting for a later start for the traditional Collingwood-Essendon clash. The change to the marquee match was confirmed when the AFL released its much- anticipated fixture for the 2020 season at league headquarters on Thursday morning. The Magpies’ encounter with...

Tough start for Dees

MELBOURNE’S high-stakes 2020 AFL season will begin with an imposing trip to Perth to face a West Coast side bolstered by the acquisition of Tim Kelly. The AFL has confirmed the round-one fixture for next season, with the Eagles and Demons set to cap off the weekend in a Sunday twilight...

Sam set for pre-season return

CARLTON co-captain Sam Docherty is eyeing a 2020 AFL pre-season return from consecutive knee reconstructions. Docherty hasn’t played since Round 23, 2017 due to back-to-back anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – but aims to feature in Carlton’s 2020 Marsh Community Series games in Mandurah and at Ikon Park. “I’m pretty excited to get...

AFLW players agree to new deal

AFLW players have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that covers the next three seasons. The new deal passed with approval from 98 per cent of the playing group – after a previous CBA proposal failed to pass a player vote. That previous proposal was knocked back after only 70...

Saint to take a break

ST KILDA is set to delist luckless key forward Paddy McCartin as the 23-year- old takes a break from the AFL to focus on his recovery from repeat concussions. McCartin is contracted until the end of 2020 but, according to multiple reports, will be delisted this year with the final year of his...

Hawks lock away Sicily

DEFENDER James Sicily will be a Hawk until at least the end of the 2022 AFL season after extending his contract. Though aged just 24, Sicily is emerging as one of the future leaders of Hawthorn, according to football manager Graham Wright. “Sis is such an important player for us,” Wright said in...

Bulldogs make Newton No.1

WESTERN Bulldogs have taken Northern Knights midfielder Gabby Newton with the No.1 pick at Tuesday’s AFLW draft at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Carlton pounced on Geelong Falcons midfielder Lucy McEvoy with the second overall selection and Brisbane used the No.3 pick on Maroochydore midfielder Lily Postlethwaite. “It’s absolutely crazy … I can’t believe this...