Lions recruit reflects on R1 omission that sparked him

A PRE-SEASON callout from coach Chris Fagan and subsequent round one omission wasn’t how Cam Ellis-Yolmen pictured his Brisbane career starting. The Lions lured the big-bodied midfielder from Adelaide at the end of last season on a multi-year deal to add another dimension to their onball brigade, and he seemed a lock to play from […]

Star Pie reveals contract plans

BROUGHT TO YOU BY COLLINGWOOD’S out-of-contract star Jordan De Goey says he “definitely wants to stay” at the Magpies and that talks on a new deal have begun. The brilliant goalkicker knocked back huge rival deals at the end of 2018, including a long-term $5m offer from North Melbourne, to remain with Collingwood for a […]

Star Roos onballer no certainty to return after fortnight out

NORTH Melbourne is still unsure if reigning Syd Barker medallist Ben Cunnington will be able to shake his back complaint in time for Saturday night’s game against the Western Bulldogs. Coach Rhyce Shaw told captain Jack Ziebell (hamstring/ankle) on Thursday morning, after a physiotherapy appointment, that he would not be risked this weekend. Robbie Tarrant […]

Why Harley was dropped, how he gets back: Dees coach explains

MELBOURNE has asked recruit Harley Bennell to work on certain areas of his game before again being considered for senior selection. Bennell was dropped a fortnight ago ahead of the postponed Essendon match, and that stood for last week’s loss to Geelong, with prominent veterans Neville Jetta and Nathan Jones also overlooked. The Demons haven’t […]

Why Harley was dropped, how he gets back: Dees coach explains

MELBOURNE has asked recruit Harley Bennell to work on certain areas of his game before again being considered for senior selection. Bennell was dropped a fortnight ago ahead of the postponed Essendon match, and that stood for last week’s loss to Geelong, with prominent veterans Neville Jetta and Nathan Jones also overlooked. The Demons haven’t […]

Zac’s back, big Blue in, skipper returns

CARLTON will regain speedy midfielder Zac Fisher from a syndesmosis injury for Thursday night’s primetime fixture with St Kilda at Marvel Stadium. Fisher has been absent since suffering the injury in the club’s round one loss to Richmond in March, with the game’s shutdown period due to the COVID-19 break easing the damage inflicted by […]

Skipper returns for Thursday night showdown

Captain Jarryn Geary has overcome the odds to return to the senior line-up ahead of Thursday night’s clash against Carlton. The 32-year-old was in doubt given the amended five-day turnaround for Round 5, but has pieced together a solid block of training to confirm his availability. Geary will come in for Zak Jones, who is […]

Cautious Bombers weigh risk of McKenna return after ‘couple of false starts’

CONOR McKenna is back at Essendon pressing his case for a senior call-up to face Collingwood this week, but coach John Worsfold says the Bombers need to be cautious of his fitness before he returns to the top level. McKenna was earlier this week cleared to leave quarantine after testing negative to COVID-19 on multiple […]

Sidebottom, Dunn in COVID hot water after drinks with Howe

ALL-AUSTRALIAN midfielder Steele Sidebottom is one of two Collingwood players under investigation for multiple breaches of the AFL’s strict COVID-19 protocols on Saturday. AFL.com.au became aware on Monday of the Magpies vice-captain’s transgressions and it’s believed rigorous negotiations continue between the AFL and Collingwood. WILL HE GET PICKED? 10 players mysteriously on the outer The […]

Defender or midfielder? Longmire ponders what to do with gun Swan

SYDNEY remains torn on what to do with versatile young star Callum Mills after his impressive 12-possession second-half cameo as a midfielder last week. Mills has spent most of his career down back but coach John Longmire thrust him into the centre after the Swans trailed the Western Bulldogs by five goals at half-time. With […]