Brenton Sanderson has guaranteed under-fire forward Jason Porplyzia will play against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.
Lions coach Michael Voss will back a group of unheralded youngsters to fill the void left by injured veteran Simon Black when the ladder-leading West Coast Eagles visit the Gabba on Sunday.
The club will persist with its three-ruckmen trial against Port Adelaide on Saturday, but could enter without a trio of key-position stars.
Controversial former Adelaide recruiter Matt Rendell is on the verge of resurrecting his AFL career in taking a key role with Collingwood.
The Bombers are unsure whether in-form forward Stewart Crameri will be fit for Saturday night’s AFL match against Melbourne.
Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy says Fremantle have a significant hole in their playing list and need to go shopping for several class midfielders at the end of the season.
Will the Cats trade away a star?
Suns captain Gary Ablett has no regrets over manhandling young teammate Rory Thompson, saying he’d use the tactic again in a bid to inspire the AFL battlers.
Greater Western Sydney:
Simonds Stadium in Geelong is one of the hardest places for a visiting team to play. But for GWS Giants youngsters Devon Smith and Taylor Adams it will be a welcome trip home to a place that moulded their budding careers.
Hawks midfielders Liam Shiels and Clinton Young will both be fit for Saturday’s clash with North Melbourne in Launceston.
Defender Jared Rivers has scoffed at rumours suggesting the playing group is unhappy with coach Mark Neeld.
Scott Thompson may be given the huge task of manning Lance Franklin on Saturday, but believes limiting the influence of the dangerous Hawk isn’t a one-man job.
Travis Boak will play for either Port Adelaide or Geelong next season. And the decision – to be made on a return home to Victoria during the Power’s mid-season break in a fortnight – hinges solely on his family’s needs.
Richmond’s boom ruck recruit Ivan Maric says faith and opportunity are the keys to his remarkable form upsurge with the Tigers this AFL season.
With a break out game and career high 29 disposals on the weekend, young Saints midfielder David Armitage believes that consistency is all that stands between him and his ability to make a significant impact in the competition.
Swans defender Alex Johnson has been cleared of any serious damage after suffering a knock to the elbow during a clash with St Kilda forward Nick Riewoldt in last weekend’s match against St Kilda.
Eagles coach John Worsfold says midfielder Luke Shuey let the team down by getting suspended for an off-the-ball hit.
Breaking a personal best on the bench press just last week, utility Andrew Hooper believes he is fitter, stronger and more focused than ever before.
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