Lions’ Neale off the leash for AFL return

Shorter quarters will allow Lachie Neale’s direct opponents a breather when the AFL resumes next month, but the Brisbane midfielder’s new border collie hasn’t been so lucky. Harley the puppy was thrust into the role of training partner when…

Lions eyeing VFL move for reserves team

Brisbane are among four AFL clubs vying to enter teams in the VFL from next year as the axe looms on their second-tier competition. Since 2011, the Lions, Gold Coast, Sydney Swans and GWS have had reserves sides in…

Dockers’ Hogan to enter Qld AFL hub

Prodigious Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan will fly with his Dockers teammates to their Gold Coast quarantine hub for the AFL season restart. The former Melbourne spearhead has battled serious injuries and personal issues since joining the Dockers in a…

Less weight could extend Franklin’s career

Lance Franklin has been encouraged to drop weight to prolong his AFL career following the Sydney superstar’s latest injury setback. The veteran Swans forward could miss more than half the season after damaging his right hamstring during training on…

Franklin to shrug off setback: Clarkson

Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson insists Lance Franklin’s AFL career is far from over despite the former Hawthorn superstar this week suffering another serious injury. The experienced Sydney forward could miss more than half the season after damaging his…

Eagles fit and firing ahead of AFL restart

West Coast look set to take an almost full-strength squad to the Gold Coast for the AFL season restart, with superstar ruckman Nic Naitanui among those set to benefit from shorter quarters. The Eagles ticked off their second contact…

Papley backs Swans kids to replace Buddy

Sydney goalsneak Tom Papley has backed the Swans’ young key forwards to become AFL match-winners in the absence of a “shattered” and injured Lance Franklin. The club revealed on Thursday that 300-game superstar Franklin had suffered another hamstring injury,…

AFL boss grows buoyant on crowds in 2020

Gillon McLachlan is increasingly buoyant about the prospect of AFL fans returning to the stands this season. Less than two weeks out from the 2020 season resuming, the AFL chief executive is growing more upbeat on having socially-distanced crowds…

Hawks’ O’Meara in doubt for AFL restart

Hawthorn are optimistic injured midfielder Jaeger O’Meara can avoid donning a Jason Dunstall-esque crash helmet and appear in the Hawks’ round two AFL game. The club’s vice-captain copped a knock to the face as Hawthorn returned to full-contact training…

Bench increase unlikely for R2: AFL boss

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has said an increase to interchange bench numbers is unlikely before next month’s season restart. The AFL has been weighing up adding one or two additional interchange players, potentially increasing match day team lists to…

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