Sam Jacobs has become the most important player at the Adelaide Football Club.
The struggling Brisbane Lions have been hit by another blow with nimble forward Todd Banfield suffering a lower leg injury.
Carlton skipper Chris Judd has missed training because of illness, but is certain to play in the Blues’ crucial clash with Adelaide Crows on Sunday.
Nathan Buckley admits the Magpies might have rushed Chris Tarrant’s AFL comeback earlier this season.
Michael Long, the hero of Essendon’s 1993 grand final victory, says there are flashes of those ”Baby Bombers” in the 2012 Essendon team, and today’s team has the chance to swoop in September in the absence of an outright favourite, just as his Bombers did 19 years ago.
Fremantle are set to call on the defensive depth that Michael Johnson says is driving their back six to perform, with Adam McPhee expected to miss Saturday’s clash with Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.
Geelong youngster Daniel Menzel has re-signed with the club, ending speculation he may be involved in an end-of-season trade.
A candid Zac Smith has admitted what many have long suspected — the Gold Coast Suns are too often “soft”.
Greater Western Sydney:
GWS have re-signed five of their young players, including talented midfielder Dylan Shiel, until the end of the 2015 AFL season.
Young Hawthorn key defender Ryan Schoenmakers says he’s not bothered by the criticism that has come his way during his short career.
Melbourne Demons are set to recall troubled forward Liam Jurrah to their side to play Sydney Swans on Saturday just hours after he faced court on assault charges.
Brad Scott is sharpening the axe to punish his players for a lack of on-field effort and to get the club’s AFL season back on track.
Jay Schulz is set to return to the Port Adelaide line-up against North Melbourne on Saturday.
The club has started negotiations to re-sign potential free agent Nathan Foley, whose form has been a highlight of the Tigers’ recent resurgence.
Saints forward Adam Schneider will play his first game of the season for Sandringham in the VFL this week.
Irish recruit Tommy Walsh will make his long-awaited AFL debut against Melbourne at the SCG this weekend following some impressive form in the reserves.
The Eagles appear likely to have a batch of players, including ruckman Nic Naitanui, back for their home game against St Kilda on Sunday.
Senior Coach Brendan McCartney is not just a developer of players – he is a developer of people.
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