In January of this year, we posted a rumour surrounding the future of Demon’s tall forward Mitch Clark. According to a source from within the Melbourne Football Club, the debilitating foot injury which kept Clark out for most of 2013 was not healing as expected, and was actually causing other niggles with Clark attempting to change his running style. (more…)
Melbourne’s Luke Tapscott will be sidelined for up to a month after injuring his right medial ligament at training.
The AFL have ruled out any drastic changes to the Match Review Panel for 2014 after the league said it would take a long term view before implementing any changes.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has said the decision to trade Pick 14 in the three way deal for Jared Polec and Pick 21 which was used to select Jarman Impey is going to look like a good return in the future. (more…)
As the summer nears its run and the daylight hours dwindle the AFL football season draws closer. Here’s the lowdown on how all 18 teams will fare this year. Everything you either knew already, secretly feared, hoped or just did not foresee is here alongside some useful information on the big ins and outs and the free agents teams will target to climb into finals contention come 2015. (more…)
Several big name players who are set to become free agents at the conclusion of the 2014 season have already put contract talks on hold. Nathan Fyfe & David Mundy of the Dockers, and James Frawley from the Demons are 3 players who will attract a lot of interest from rival teams, should they not agree on a new deal with their current clubs.
22 year-old Fyfe has played only 72 games, but is already one of the competition’s most exciting players – capable of taking games by the scruff of the neck in the midfield, and at 190cm, as a marking forward. Fyfe has told Fremantle he wants to put contract talks on the back burner so that he can focus on the start of the 2014 season, but rival clubs will no doubt see it as an opportunity to test the waters, and try to lure Fyfe out of Fremantle. (more…)
The writers at AFL.com.au have published a complete listing of player that will become free agents following the 2014 season, and Carlton is the club that looks most vulnerable, with several key personal expected to be targeted by opposition clubs including captain Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Walker, and Kade Simpson among others.
There are plenty of big names set to become available from other clubs too, with Dane Swan, David Mundy, Steve Johnson, Sam Mitchell, Todd Goldstein, and Will Minson all eligible as free agents.
Here is the complete listing of free agents, club by club… (more…)
The 2013 AFL Trade Period officially ended at 2pm today. A total of 35 deals ended up being completed, so let’s take a look at what players and draft picks your club has come away with. Who are the winners and losers? Have your say below. (more…)
The AFL free agency period came to a close today, and it did so with a flurry of activity seeing trades made, free agents acquired, and legends calling time on their careers. Here’s what happened today:
- The GWS Giants will have picks 1 & 2 in this year’s draft after a deal exchanging Dom Tyson & draft selections to the Melbourne Football Club. Melbourne gets Dom Tyson from GWS plus picks 9 and 53 in exchange for picks 2, 20 and 72. Melbourne is expected to use the draft pick received as compensation for losing Colin Sylvia to secure Crows midfielder Bernie Vince.
- Crows midfielder Bernie Vince is close to signing a 3-4 year deal with Melbourne, as the Dees look to bolster their midfield. The Demon’s will likely give up their 2nd round pick to secure the 28 year old.
- There has been speculation that the Demons are considering trading their #2 pick to GWS in exchange for GWS’ pick #9, former #5 draft pick Matt Buntine, and Thomas Bugg. Several Melbourne personalities are urging caution though – wondering why the Demons would be willing to forgo drafting one of the country’s best young midfielders in James Aish, for the sake of signing Buntine & Bugg.
News emerged last night that Heath Shaw had advised Collingwood that his preference was to play at GWS in 2014 and onwards, and that he will be heading to the Giants on a 5 year deal worth around $700k per season. Shaw has chosen GWS over Geelong and Essendon, both of whom were keen on acquiring the 27 year old defender’s services. A trade with Taylor Adams, who wants to move back to Victoria, will almost certainly to take place, with the likelihood of draft picks being included to even things out. “A number of other clubs were chasing Heath so for him to say he wants to join the Giants is a great endorsement of the club and the direction we are taking” GWS coach Leon Cameron said in a statement posted on the Giants’ website. (more…)