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Officially over: Hawks great calls time, set for farewell
Riley Beveridge
Aug 12, 2019 5:13PM

Hawthorn great Jarryd Roughead has announced his retirement. All pictures: AFL Photos

HAWTHORN'S four-time premiership great Jarryd Roughead will play a farewell match this weekend, which will officially bring to a close his glittering 15-year career.
The Hawks announced on Monday that Roughead would take on the Suns at Marvel Stadium, which will act as the 283rd and final game of his AFL career.
Roughead, a Coleman Medal winner, a two-time All Australian and a former captain of the club, has endured a difficult season out of the senior team throughout 2019.

However, he will be recalled for a 'farewell game' against Gold Coast on Sunday.
"I’ve had an amazing 15-year journey with the Hawthorn Football Club," Roughead said.
"I am content with everything I have achieved in my career to date and I know it’s the right time for myself, my family and the club.

"To play this great game for such a long time and to have experienced success like we have is something I’ll never take for granted.
"I want to thank everyone at the Hawthorn Football Club for supporting me through all the highs and lows. The bonds and friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.
"And lastly, a big thank you to the Hawthorn members and supporters. It’s been an incredibly humbling experience playing in front of you for all these years."

Alastair Clarkson has been Roughead's coach throughout his stellar 15-year career and hailed his impact since he arrived as the second pick in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft.
"Rough has been an outstanding custodian of the brown and gold for such a long time," Clarkson said.
"His football smarts, resilience and intensely competitive spirit are what make him one of those rare, special players that don’t come along too often.

"Like any player who plays for a long period of time, Rough has had to endure both the highs and the lows that life can sometimes present, while playing footy at the elite level. In these times, he has always demonstrated courage, humility and dignity.
"We are lucky to have witnessed such an extraordinary career.
"I’d like to thank Rough, wife Sarah and daughter Pippa for the wonderful impact they have had on our footy club.
"We wish them all the best for their next adventure and they will always be part of the Hawthorn family."

I think he's retiring for good. @NT.Thunder

Thanks for the memories Roughy!
 

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Officially over: Hawks great calls time, set for farewell
Riley Beveridge
Aug 12, 2019 5:13PM

Hawthorn great Jarryd Roughead has announced his retirement. All pictures: AFL Photos

HAWTHORN'S four-time premiership great Jarryd Roughead will play a farewell match this weekend, which will officially bring to a close his glittering 15-year career.
The Hawks announced on Monday that Roughead would take on the Suns at Marvel Stadium, which will act as the 283rd and final game of his AFL career.
Roughead, a Coleman Medal winner, a two-time All Australian and a former captain of the club, has endured a difficult season out of the senior team throughout 2019.

However, he will be recalled for a 'farewell game' against Gold Coast on Sunday.
"I’ve had an amazing 15-year journey with the Hawthorn Football Club," Roughead said.
"I am content with everything I have achieved in my career to date and I know it’s the right time for myself, my family and the club.

"To play this great game for such a long time and to have experienced success like we have is something I’ll never take for granted.
"I want to thank everyone at the Hawthorn Football Club for supporting me through all the highs and lows. The bonds and friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.
"And lastly, a big thank you to the Hawthorn members and supporters. It’s been an incredibly humbling experience playing in front of you for all these years."

Alastair Clarkson has been Roughead's coach throughout his stellar 15-year career and hailed his impact since he arrived as the second pick in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft.
"Rough has been an outstanding custodian of the brown and gold for such a long time," Clarkson said.
"His football smarts, resilience and intensely competitive spirit are what make him one of those rare, special players that don’t come along too often.

"Like any player who plays for a long period of time, Rough has had to endure both the highs and the lows that life can sometimes present, while playing footy at the elite level. In these times, he has always demonstrated courage, humility and dignity.
"We are lucky to have witnessed such an extraordinary career.
"I’d like to thank Rough, wife Sarah and daughter Pippa for the wonderful impact they have had on our footy club.
"We wish them all the best for their next adventure and they will always be part of the Hawthorn family."

I think he's retiring for good. @NT.Thunder

Thanks for the memories Roughy!
Cheers Roughy - always a Hawk!
 

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AFL St Kilda trade whispers 2019: The rival club players Saints could chase — and have started chasing

Saints trade whispers: Bradley Hill, Todd Goldstein and Zak Jones.

St Kilda is keeping its eye on several players from rival clubs ahead of the upcoming trade period — and it’s already put an offer to one target.

The Saints, set to finish in the bottom half of the ladder again, have ample salary cap space and are ambitious of its pursuit of players from rival clubs.

Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph profiled a handful of players the Saints could target — or have already targeted — on Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.

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Out-of-contract Crow Hugh Greenwood has put off talks until season’s end, leading to speculation about his future.

Ralph reported last week the Saints were among four clubs — the other three being Hawthorn, Brisbane and Gold Coast — that had shown an interest in the 27-year-old.

The Crows have offered Greenwood a two-year contract, but Ralph said the Saints “could get him if they offered him three years “.

With Fremantle seemingly resigned to losing Bradley Hill at season’s end, Ralph said the Saints “seem to be at the front of the cue” for the star wingman. It’s understood they’re prepared to offer Hill “about $800,000 a year”.

Bradley Hill of the Dockers faced the Saints on Sunday.

The Age reported on Monday that Dockers football boss Peter Bell was a chance to meet with St Kilda officials soon to “establish initial prospects of a trade deal for Hill”.

Hill, who’s averaging a career-high 24.7 disposals this season, has also been linked Carlton, Geelong and Melbourne.

Intrigue continues to surround injured free agent Stephen Coniglio, whose contract silence has many wondering whether he’ll leave the Giants at season’s end.

The Saints have been one of the clubs linked to the gun midfielder, but Ralph said Coniglio doesn’t want to go to St Kilda.

Late last week, it was reported Carlton had become favourites to secure Coniglio’s signature and heart.

A contract story going under the radar surrounds Swans midfielder Zak Jones, who’s having a career-best season averaging 22.4 disposals per outing but remains unsigned beyond 2019.

Ralph said don’t rule out a possible move from the Dandenong Stingrays product, with the Saints potentially in the mix.

“Zak Jones is the interesting one. He always says ‘I want to stay at the club,’ but he’s continually linked to clubs like St Kilda and Melbourne,” Ralph said.

The Saints have again been linked with Giants utility Adam Tomlinson, almost two seasons after they called off a hard chase.

Despite being contracted for another two years, St Kilda and the Giants were locked in discussions over a trade for Tomlinson deep into the 2017 trade period but ultimately couldn’t come to an agreement.

It was reported at the start of the year the Saints were again on the hunt for Tomlinson, who becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. But Ralph said it looks less likely now.

“I think they’ve got enough players there that they don’t have to throw massive money at a free agent,” Ralph said.

St Kilda’s desire to secure a ruckman has been well documented, particularly its interest in North Melbourne veteran Todd Goldstein.

And the Saints have moved quickly in an attempt to secure Goldstein, who’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

“Three-year deal, they’ve offered him, two years and a clause at North Melbourne. He’s considering it right now,” Ralph said.

Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos is out of contract at season’s end.

“But as we saw with Rowan Marshall, who went down with what the club once feared was an ACL, you can’t have too many ruckmen on your list.”

Later on Monday night, Ralph reported that Essendon ruckman Sam Draper was set to shun interest from the Saints and re-sign with the Bombers on a multi-year deal.

Ralph also reported that defender Jake Carlisle had “pledged his future to St Kilda”.

“He has finally ticked off that games-based clause, which means he’s officially contracted for 2020 — and the deal’s about $600,000, so it’s pretty significant to him,” Ralph said.

“I spoke to him after that (Fremantle) game … he wants to sign on long-term and so does his manager Anthony McConville.

“You’d think they might tack on a couple of years onto that contract, get him through to 31 years of age. With him and Callum Wilkie and also Josh Battle … all of a sudden a defence that was decimated, it looks like a really strong defence.”
 
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this one certainly should get more attention than it will by the Melbourne media :)

Big farewell: Freo giant to hang up the size 18s

WHEN Aaron Sandilands walked in the doors at Fremantle in late 2001 he was already a giant of a man, but he will depart at season's end a giant of the football club after announcing his retirement.

A four-time All Australian and dual Doig medallist, the former rookie will play his 271st career match and final home game in Saturday night's clash with Essendon.

One of the most dominant rucks in the game's history, Sandilands hangs up the size 18 boots as the all-time leader in hitouts (currently 8466) and among the most influential Dockers in the club's 25 years.

Only club legend Matthew Pavlich (353) and current teammate David Mundy (314) have pulled on the purple more times.


wonder how he would be viewed if he had played for a Melbourne club, Fyfe's SC scores will suffer for sure
 

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GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron dismisses report about football manager Wayne Campbell

Off-contract star Stephen Coniglio and GWS football boss Wayne Campbell have cleared the air after reports of a “non-existent” relationship, as coach Leon Cameron dismissed suggestions of tension in the Giants camp.

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Stephen Coniglio has met with Giants football boss Wayne Campbell to clear the air over explosive allegations the pair have a “non-existent” relationship.

The Daily Telegraph understands the off-contract superstar sought out Campbell behind closed doors yesterday morning to dismiss the rumours and reassure him there is no issue with their relationship, following a report from Fox Sports inferring they had fallen out.

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Leon Cameron was caught by surprise after a report regarding footy manager Wayne Campbell. Pic: Michael Klein

On a tense morning at Giants HQ, Campbell also met with club chief executive David Matthews, after Fox Sports claimed the former Richmond great, who is the key GWS contact in the Coniglio negotiations, was likely to be sacked at season’s end.

GWS coach Leon Cameron emphatically denied any relationship breakdown between his chief lieutenant Campbell and key members of the playing group and staff.

Cameron also responded angrily to another aspect of the Fox Sports report that alleged Coniglio would have already signed with GWS if he’d been offered the captaincy, snapping, “absolutely not, you’re undervaluing Stephen Coniglio.”

And the coach refuted any suggestion that the microscope is starting to be run over the Giants entire football department by AFL House and from the GWS board.

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“(Wayne) is contracted until the end of next year like I am and he’s rock solid out our footy club,” said Cameron.

“He’s been fantastic. We’ve got a great relationship; the players have got a great relationship so it was a little bit of a surprise actually from left field. But after I read it I dismissed it and thought most of it is just totally untrue.

“ … I went down and had a bit of dinner with Gil McLachlan a couple of weeks ago and he’s all very, very happy with how the club is progressing.”

Cameron remains confident Coniglio will ultimately stay despite the ominous way talks are dragging out.

“If I knew something different I’d tell you boys, and say I’m really worried, but I’m not at all,” said Cameron.

“We had a meeting with our entire group (on Monday) and Stephen Coniglio was front and square and was probably our most vocal. Those signs and signals I see every week haven’t changed from the start of the year to where we sit at the moment.

“I don’t see any indication it’s going to go against the Giants.”

Coniglio was showing no sign of ducking and weaving yesterday, throwing himself into his injury comeback on the exercise bike and running machine — as he bids to return for the finals — and getting on the front foot to privately dismiss ill-feeling with Campbell, who as the general manager of football oversees all recruitment talks.

Free agent Stephen Coniglio is yet to recommit. Pic: AAP

Cameron said the club was blindsided by the Fox Sports allegations and fiercely denied that Campbell had relationship issues with Coniglio and others.

“No absolutely not. Not what I see. I work closely with Wayne and Wayne works closely with our coaches. Wayne works closely with our players,” said Cameron.

“The amount of players that have re contacted, the amount of time he spends with our players is phenomenal. I don’t see that at all.”

Cameron and Campbell are both contracted until the end of 2020 and any review of the football department would appear to hinge on how the Giants finish the season.

For the second year in a row the club has been decimated by injury to key stars and this has not helped Cameron.

Champion coach Paul Roos said on Fox Footy that Cameron hadn’t been able to procure a ‘premiership-winning style’ at GWS.

Cameron understands criticisms of his coaching, but doesn’t accept the crisis narrative.

“Again (Roos) probably didn’t see the Sydney game or the Collingwood game or the Port game or any of our wins this year,” Cameron said.

“If you lose and you lose poorly which we did … things are just going to pop up like that and they’re issues you don’t even give much time to.”
 

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Trade window on eve of AFL season?

By Jake NiallAugust 13, 2019 — 7.51pm

The AFL has raised the idea of introducing a pre-season trading period, which would take place just before the season.

The floating of pre-season trading – in which the deadline would be after the pre-season JLT practice matches – comes as the AFL finds limited support for mid-season trading next year, which is now considered unlikely for 2020.

Under a proposal that was floated by the league to club chief executives and the competition committee, there would be a pre-season period with close to the same deadline as the supplementary-list system that Richmond used to pick up overlooked young gun Sydney Stack, in March, after the pre-season games, before round one.

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The rules, as proposed by the AFL’s executive specialising in player movement, Josh Vanderloo, would be the same as the October trading period, but there would be no trading of first and second-year players allowed.

The AFL is open to having pre-season trading as soon as next year, although the league would have to move quickly to get sufficient support from clubs and players, with the AFL Players’ Association harbouring reservations about the push for trading outside of the traditional October trading period, which also encompasses free agency.


This pre-season trading concept was discussed at a player agents’ conference in Melbourne on Tuesday, when AFLPA officials outlined what the AFL had proposed and revealed that a mid-season trading period was unlikely in 2020.

Keen to create further opportunities for player movement, the AFL looked first at mid-season trading, before suggesting the pre-season trading window. There was majority opposition to the mid-season trading at the player agents’ conference. The AFL believes there was more support for pre-season trading at both the CEOs meeting and at the competition committee.

The AFL is mindful of the enormous interest generated when players move clubs – web traffic is enormous in the major media outlets and on the AFL’s website during the trading period – and has clearly been keen to open this up further, as happens in American sports.

The AFL has already introduced the mid-season draft, in which a number of state league players from across the country were picked.
 

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan wants star free agent Stephen Coniglio to stay at Greater Western Sydney

Giants Stephen Coniglio does his trademark celebration this season.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan wants highly sought-after free agent Stephen Coniglio to remain at Greater Western Sydney in 2020 and beyond.

The star midfielder is being fiercely pursued by Carlton, Hawthorn and St Kilda and is yet to re-sign with the Giants.

Coniglio was on track for his first All-Australian blazer and a high finish in the Brownlow Medal before he hurt his knee in the opening minutes of the Giants’ loss to Richmond in Round 17.

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Stephen Coniglio on the bike with captain Callan Ward on Tuesday,


Greater Western Sydney lost Dylan Shiel to Essendon last year and have also seen Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams, Devon Smith and Tom Scully all return home to Victoria in the past handful of years.

But unlike those names, Coniglio isn’t being lured by the pull of home and that’s part of the reason why the West Australian could be the biggest star to depart the game’s newest franchise.

“I would (be disappointed if Coniglio left),” McLachlan told 3AW on Tuesday night.

“My advice is that’s not a given.

“I think he is a star player. I know he is a leader of that club and I know him a bit personally and I think he is a fabulous person.

“I’ll be explicit, I want him to stay up there; I would love him to stay up there.”

Stuart Dew and Mark Evans speak to the media at Metricon Stadium last year.

McLachlan said he is confident Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans has chosen the right people to lead the football department at the Suns in senior coach Stuart Dew and head of football Jon Haines.

The AFL will look to assist the struggling Queensland side if the Suns request help with their football department.

“I can comment on Mark Evans. He is someone I have great faith in and he owns those decisions,” he said.

“I have heard positive things about Jon Haines and I know the industry has respect for Stuart Dew. This is only his second year. They have had huge list changes.

“We will listen to them and if there is a view they need greater resourcing and greater help, then it is a financial decision because they’ve got to have room in the soft cap. We’ll listen to all that.

“I think the industry broadly thinks they need support where they need it. I want to hear first of all where they think they need it before we respond to that.”
 
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