The Real Season: 27 Aug – 2 Sep

The Real Season – Clubs continue to search for the Premiership formula through the Draft, Trade Period & Free Agency, follow all the moves & stories right here:

2 Sep – Nth Melbourne

“There is a scenario where North (Melbourne) could get both” @barrettdamian on Jared Polec & Andrew Gaff via @triplemfooty on Saturday

2 Sep – Port Adelaide

“The North (Melbourne) offer blew them out of the water.. he hasn’t recommitted to that club” @barrettdamian on Jared Polec via @triplemfooty on Saturday

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2 Sep – West Coast

“Port Adelaide is the club that has really shown interest there.. they are concerned about (Paddy) Ryder (Longevity).. Lycett is gettable” @barrettdamian on Scott Lycett via @triplemfooty on Saturday

2 Sep – Adelaide

“Carlton has had the front running on that.. he’ll be in Melbourne the way I read it.. Carlton is really keen” @barrettdamian on Mitch McGovern via @triplemfooty on Saturday

2 Sep – Gold Coast

“Collingwood is interested in (Steven) May because they think Richmond has got (Tom) Lynch”.. the industry is just convinced that Lynch goes to Richmond” @barrettdamian via @triplemfooty on Saturday

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2 Sep – Gold Coast

“He’s very much open to coming to Melbourne (City) to continue his career.. there’s been probably 15-18 months of conversations.. about that possibility.. there’s a bidding war for him” @barrettdamian on Steven May via @triplemfooty on Saturday

2 Sep – GWS Giants

“.. a realisation in Melbourne that he’s gettable.. They (GWS) are the way I read it.. to be a million dollars on budget over salary cap going into 2019” @barrettdamian on Dylan Shiel via @triplemfooty on Saturday

2 Sep – 2018 AFL Draft

Current Round 1

1. Carlton
2. Gold Coast
3. St Kilda
4. Brisbane
5. Fremantle
6. Western Bulldogs
7. Adelaide
8. Essendon
9. Port Adelaide
10. North Melbourne
11. Geelong
12. Greater Western Sydney
13. Sydney
14. Adelaide
15. Hawthorn
16. Collingwood
17. Gold Coast
18. Richmond

Teams without a 1st Rd Pick: Melbourne & West Coast
Teams with Multiple 1st Rd Picks: Adelaide (2) & Gold Coast (2)

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1 Sep – Brisbane

“I’ve thought about going back to Melbourne & those discussions happened, & I’m not going to lie to you” Dayne Beams confirms leaving Brisbane was on his agenda

1 Sep – Brisbane

B&F Winner  – Dayne Zorko

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1 Sep – Gold Coast

B&F Winner  – Jarrod Harbrow

1 Sep – Port Adelaide

“No one is off the trade table as far as we’re concerned.. If you’re going to be ruthless to be elite you’ve got to make hard decisions” David Koch via Triple M Adelaide

1 Sep – Fremantle

“I caught up with him yesterday & I’m very positive about Lachie (Neale) being at our club” Steve Rosich via @abcperth

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31 Aug – Adelaide

B&F Winner  – Rory Laird

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31 Aug – Adelaide

Adelaide: Ryan O’Keefe is returning to Melbourne to pursue other opportunities

“Ryan has been a valued member of our coaching group & his knowledge and dedication are first class” Brett Burton

31 Aug – Free Agent Michael Barlow

“I’m really keen to explore all options.. Marty Pask my Manager has indicated that there was some (interest) towards the.. back end of the year” Michael Barlow via @1116sen

31 Aug – 2018 NAB Rising Star Award

Winner – Jaidyn Stephenson

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31 Aug – Adelaide

“.. if we can’t get a good enough deal, then he’ll remain an Adelaide player next year” Don Pyle on Mitch McGovern via @TripleMAdelaide

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31 Aug – Sydney

Heath Grundy has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Swans, he is now contracted until the end of 2019

31 Aug – Western Bulldogs / West Coast

RFA Jordan Roughead to meet with West Coast via @cleary_mitch

31 Aug – Port Adelaide

Chad Wingard send a tweet suggesting he will won’t be traded

31 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Sam Taylor has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Giants, he is now contracted until the end of 2020

31 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Ben Brown will require minor hip surgery

“It’s a minor hip arthroscopy, so nothing too serious” Cameron Joyce


31 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Jack Ziebell will require an arthroscope on his left knee

“It’s not something that will impact Jack’s pre-season too much & isn’t too intrusive” Cameron Joyce

30 Aug – AFL PA

“We’d like to see that.. we think it takes too long to become a Free Agent.. 6 years is our proposal” Paul Marsh on wanting a reduction to the length of Free Agent eligibility in the next CBA via @1116sen on Thursday

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30 Aug – AFL Players MVP

Winner – Tom Mitchell

30 Aug – Gold Coast

Michael Rischitelli has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Suns, he is now contracted until the end of 2019

30 Aug – Gold Coast

Jarrod Harbrow has signed a 2yr contract extension with the Suns, he is now contracted until the end of 2020


📊 2018 Power Rankings: Round 23


30 Aug – Carlton

Aaron Mullett, Cameron O’Shea, Matthew Shaw & Jesse Glass-McCasker have been delisted

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30 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Development Manager Ben Dyer has departed the Kangaroos

30 Aug – Western Bulldogs

Roarke Smith has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Bulldogs, he is now contracted until the end of 2019

30 Aug – Brisbane

“I will be seeing out my contract here” Dayne Beams

30 Aug – Melbourne

Bernie Vince will retire at the end of the 2018 season

“I’ve been pretty lucky over 13 years but it’s time for me to move on” Bernie Vince

30 Aug – Sydney

“I certainly hope so” Jake Lloyd on whether he will be at the Swans in 2019 via @1116sen

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30 Aug – West Coast

Adam Simpson has signed a contract extension with the Eagles, he is now contracted until then end of 2022

30 Aug – Brisbane/Fremantle

Brisbane are reportedly trying to attract Lachie Neale, he is yet to have his exit meeting with Ross Lyon.

30 Aug – St Kilda

Brett Ratten will join the Saints coaching department

“He is highly regarded across the football industry and as midfield coach at the Hawks, was a key driver in their premiership success” Simon Lethlean

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29 Aug – 2018 All Australian Team

B: Tom Stewart, Alex Rance, Rory Laird
HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Lachie Whitfield
C: Andrew Gaff, Dustin Martin, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Patrick Dangerfield, Lance Franklin, Robbie Gray
F: Jack Gunston, Jack Riewoldt, Luke Breust
FOLL: Max Gawn, Patrick Cripps, Tom Mitchell
I/C: Brodie Grundy, Clayton Oliver, Shaun Higgins, Shane Edwards

Captain: Lance Franklin Vice Captain: Patrick Dangerfield


29 Aug – Gold Coast

Sam Naismith has signed a 3yr contract extension with the Swans, he is now contracted until the end of 2021

29 Aug – Gold Coast

Tate Kaesler has joined the Suns coaching panel

29 Aug – Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs: Dale Morris has signed a 1yr contract extension with the Bulldogs

29 Aug – St Kilda

Andrew Bassat the new St Kilda President succeeding Peter Summers, who will stand down at December AGM

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29 Aug – St Kilda

Nathan Wright, Hugh Goddard, Nathan Freeman & Ray Connellan have been delisted

29 Aug – Port Adelaide

“We had our exit meeting with Jared (Polec) yesterday & he hasn’t told us of a decision yet, but we are realistic & we know the longer this goes the less likely he is to stay” Chris Davies

29 Aug – Adelaide

Assistant Coach Josh Francou has resigned, Development Coach Tate Kaesler has also departed the Crows

28 Aug -St Kilda

Nathan Freeman has been delisted

28 Aug -Adelaide

Mitch McGovern has requested a trade, he is contracted until the end of 2020

28 Aug -Adelaide

Harry Dear, Jackson Edwards & Ben Jarman have been delisted

28 Aug – Gold Coast

Michael Barlow, Max Spencer, Josh Jaska & Mackenzie Willis have been delisted

28 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Billy Hartung, Tom Jeffries, Oscar Junker, Gordon Narrier, Daniel Nielson & Josh Williams have been delisted

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28 Aug – Port Adelaide

Jimmy Toumpas & Emmanuel Irra have been delisted


28 Aug – Gold Coast

Josh Drummond has joined the Suns as an Assistant Coach

“We are delighted to have someone of the calibre of Josh join our team” Jon Haines

28 Aug – Western Bulldogs

Kieran Collins & Nathan Mullenger-McHugh have been delisted

“We’d like to thank Kieran & Nathan for their hard work & commitment during their time at the Western Bulldogs” Sam Power

28 Aug – St Kilda

Assistant Coaches Simon McPhee, Rohan Welsh & Lindsay Gilbee will depart the Saints

“these three men are all quality people who have put in a tremendous amount of work for the club over a long period of time” Simon Lethlean

28 Aug – Nth Melbourne

Assistant Coach Josh Drummond will depart the Kangaroos

“Josh has been an integral part of our football department, a vital resource for the players & a great support to Brad Scott & his fellow coaches” Cameron Joyce

28 Aug – St Kilda

Brendon Lade has joined the Saints as an Assistant Coach

“Brendon is a high-quality person who will add a significant amount of knowledge & experience to our coaching team” Simon Lethlean

28 Aug – Hawthorn

“Unless something changes unbelievably dramatically.. Roughie will be playing at Hawthorn next year” Alastair Clarkson on Jarryd Roughead via @WhateleySEN

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27 Aug – Carlton

Charlie Curnow (Knee) won’t require knee surgery

“Scans have revealed just a slight strain in the medial ligament in his left knee, & some slight bone bruising around the area but the good news is Charlie won’t require surgery” Brad Lloyd

27 Aug – Fremantle

“I’ve still got three years left on my contract so I’m not thinking about going anywhere” Brad Hill

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27 Aug – Adelaide

Mitch McGovern requires a minor arthroscopic procedure on both ankles

27 Aug – Richmond

Jacob Townsend (Broken Leg – fractured fibula) out for the remainder of the season

27 Aug – Richmond

Adam Kingsley will join the Tigers as an Assistant Coach from the 2019 season

27 Aug – St Kilda

Assistant Coach Adam Kingsley has departed the Saints

27 Aug – 2018 All Australian Squad

Ade: Rory Laird
Bri: Harris Andrews, Dayne Beams
Car: Patrick Cripps
Coll, Jordan DeGoey, Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom
Ess: Devon Smith
Fre: Lachie Neale
Gee: Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins, Tom Stewart
GC: –
GWS: Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield
Haw: Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Tom Mitchell
Mel: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver
NM: Ben Brown, Shaun Higgins
PA: Robbie Gray, Tom Jonas
Ric: Josh Caddy, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert, Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt
Syd: Lance Franklin, Jake Lloyd
StK: –
WC: Andrew Gaff, Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Elliot Yeo
WB: Jack Macrae