Watch this space: Buddy’s future less certain as he nears end of mega-deal

Having been swept up in the excitement of Lance Franklin’s 1000th goal, you’d be forgiven for wondering if Buddy might play forever. At the time the Swans were making noises about a new contract, as he nears the end of the monster nine-year deal that got him to Sydney. Buddy Franklin’s 1000th goal.Credit:Getty Back then, it almost seemed a formality. But while it’s only been around two months since that

Hawks sell last pokies venue, Saint gets new deal

In today’s AFL briefing, your daily wrap of footy news: The Hawks have agreed to terms on the sale of their last pokies venue The Saints have re-signed Jack Hayes And, in case you missed it, ruckman Tim English is set to turn his back on the prospect of heading home to WA by signing a new deal with the Bulldogs Check in again later for more news. Hawks sell

Tigers set for boost with No.1 gun’s return, Dogs welcome back Addo-Carr

Wests Tigers excitement machine Daine Laurie will be named to make an early return from a knee injury for the Indigenous Round clash against South Sydney and his uncle Cody Walker. Tigers teammate Tyrone Peachey let slip Laurie was on track to play on Saturday night while helping launch the NRL’s Indigenous Round at Redfern on Tuesday. Laurie later confirmed to the Herald he would be included in the squad

Kennedy’s season in doubt as Swans face critical fortnight

The Sydney Swans’ hopes of remaining in touch with the top four have suffered a major blow with veteran midfielder Josh Kennedy ruled out for at least two months with a hamstring injury. Kennedy was substituted out of his team’s 15-point loss to Carlton on Friday night after cannoning into the Blues’ Sam Docherty late in the first half, a collision which also left him facing a one-match ban. Coach

Magpies reign in the rain, as the Dockers go to water again

Collingwood have caused one of the upsets of the season after thumping top-four hopefuls Fremantle by 36 points at a wet and slippery Optus Stadium on Sunday evening. After playing in similar conditions last week at Metricon Stadium in their loss to Gold Coast, the Dockers were once again undone in the wet seven days later. Josh Daicos of the Magpies and Sam Switkowski of the Dockers battle for the

Dragons insist Bird will remain with club despite not putting pen to paper

St George Illawarra chief executive Ryan Webb is adamant Jack Bird will remain at the club despite the fact the back-rower is yet to sign an extension that was agreed to in recent weeks. Reports surfaced in News Corp Australia publications on Sunday that Bird was getting cold feet about his deal with the Dragons, with the club admitting that he is yet to put pen to paper. However Webb

Tassie taskforce seeking ‘robust’ support: Club presidents to be invited to Apple Isle

The president of each AFL club will be invited to visit Tasmania in the coming months as part of the bid team’s final push to gain a licence for a standalone team from the state to enter the AFL. With a decision on whether to admit a standalone team from Tasmania due in August the bid team are moving to quell concerns from club presidents about the viability of a

Cowboys prove real deal as Storm crash to worst loss in nine years

Righto North Queensland, now you have our attention. We barely raised an eyebrow when you beat up on the premiership pretenders, we arched an eyebrow when you monstered Parramatta in Darwin but this – a huge win against an albeit under-strength Melbourne – has finally made us sit up and take notice. This is the Cowboys’ sixth consecutive victory and their best to date. It was achieved despite the losses

There is no need for the Bombers and their CEO to be jumping at shadows

Xavier Campbell was just 33 when he first auditioned for the top job at the strife-torn Essendon Football Club. Mark Thompson had just been appointed caretaker coach after James Hird’s one-year ban, and almost immediately afterwards Bombers’ interim chief executive Ray Gunston chose not to continue in the role. Within months, during 2014, chairman Paul Little officially anointed Campbell as the man to lead the club back from the abyss

Gloucester captain Ludlow: 'After rugby, I want to be a policeman'

‘It would be, “Look, look, I’m being arrested by Lewis”‘: Folk hero Ludlow is a special constable who was banned from crowd control for fear of inciting a riot…now the Gloucester captain wants to cause a stir in the Premiership play-offs Lewis Ludlow and his team-mates lock horns with Harlequins on Saturday  Gloucester must take something from the game to keep play-off hopes alive The 27-year-old flanker is also a