Magpies, Bombers to make big AFL changes
Collingwood and Essendon will gain and lose some big names as they open round 23 with Friday night’s MCG blockbuster
Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom suffered a ruptured testicle at training on Wednesday and will undergo surgery.
West Coast will guarantee themselves an AFL top-four berth with victory over Hawthorn on Saturday, and a top-two spot is also a possibility.
Ross Lyon’s sacking as Fremantle coach could shake up the AFL’s coaching scene, with pressure starting to mount on Leon Cameron and John Worsfold.
Gold Coast will consider hiring a coaching mentor for Stuart Dew, who won’t be judged on his win-loss AFL record as a contract extension nears.
Collingwood assistant Justin Longmuir is the early favourite to be named Fremantle’s next coach after the Dockers axed Ross Lyon.
Sydney star Lance Franklin has ticked all the medical boxes and will make his 300th AFL appearance, provided he gets through training.
Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead will officially hang up the boots this week following a fairytale farewell at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon didn’t think he was going to earn a contract beyond 2020, but his sudden axing surprised him.
A delayed medical report has emerged as the saving grace for Western Bulldogs superstar Marcus Bontempelli with the AFL’s match review officer.
Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko expects Richmond defender Dylan Grimes to recover in time for his battle with the in-form Charlie Cameron on Sunday.
Finals-bound Essendon are reluctant to rest players for their round 23 AFL clash with Collingwood with ruckman Tom Bellchambers poised for a return from injury.
Fremantle have sacked their AFL coach Ross Lyon and chief executive Steve Rosich with immediate effect, and the race is on to replace them.
Geelong’s favoured first-choice ruck option remains unclear just one round out from the AFL finals.
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