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Round Table: Should the Grand Final rematch be the season opener?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions, including whether the Grand Final rematch should open the season, if West Coast and Port Adelaide are pretenders and the most improved player.

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PODCAST: Best and worst kicks under pressure, early draft leaderboard

Join Matt Walsh, Jake Michaels and Christian Joly from Champion Data for some of the best analysis and insight on the ESPN Footy Podcast.

The best and worst AFL guernseys of all time

With the 'prison bars' debate dominating last week, the ESPN Footy Podcast team think back to some of the AFL's worst (and best) guernseys of all time.

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Has the new concussion rule already let itself down?

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Are the new rules changing how wingers are used?

This week on the ESPN Footy Podcast, Matt wonders if clubs should be switching their wingers to take advantage of the new stand rule.

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Kysaiah Pickett is the 'tonic' to the Demons' 'gin'

The rise of Kysaiah Pickett so far in 2021 has been a much-needed breath of fresh air in a forward line which was lethargic in 2020, the ESPN Footy Podcast team says.

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ROUND 8 FIXTURE

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2021 DRAFT

AFL Draft Power Rankings: Horne, Daicos duke it out for No. 1 spot

ESPN.com.au's AFL Draft expert Chris Doerre has revealed his AFL Draft Power Rankings for the month of May, with Jason Horne and Nick Daicos rising to the top.

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AFL Draft Weekly Wrap: Beams-like lefty excites; mid-season draft watch

In this week's draft wrap, a Dayne Beams-like midfielder impressed, and some mid-season draft candidates put their hands up for selection, writes ESPN AFL draft expert Chris Doerre.

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ROUND 7 REACTION

Stocks up, stocks down: The Magpie and Cat whose stocks have plummeted

This week, we're looking to avoid buying stocks in a respected Pie and a goalkicking Cat, while a young Blue's star continues to rise.

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ESPN's Brownlow Medal predictor - Young Lion, Port star rise into top five

The Brownlow Medal is the highest individual honour in the AFL. In 2021, ESPN is giving you an advantage with our one-of-a-kind predictor, which has correctly picked seven out of the past eight winners.

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ESPN COLUMNIST: JOSH DUNKLEY

'I hit rock bottom' after fan told me to jump off the West Gate Bridge

It's all smiles at the Western Bulldogs right now after a perfect 3-0 start to the season, but ESPN's AFL columnist Josh Dunkley remembers just how tough it was in 2018 when things didn't go to plan in the early rounds.

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Hub life to trade week: What life was really like for me in 2020

2020 was a hard year for everyone, footballers included. Asked to move interstate indefinitely, living in a bubble and out of a suitcase without a chance to escape from football. In his first column Josh Dunkley talks what life was really like in 2020.

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ESPN OPINION

'Shorter quarters' not the solution to game length angst

The argument for shorter quarters is gaining momentum, particularly from those in broadcast, but these are the same people contributing to the issue and there are other fixes available, writes Rohan Connolly.

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Every AFL club's next captain

From Scott Pendlebury to Joel Selwood, Trent Cotchin to Nat Fyfe, the AFL is blessed with a great crop of captains, but who takes over when the current skippers decide to hand over the reins.

Insular AFL couldn't support a player loan system

Footy has tried a player loan scheme before, but it's an idea that doesn't translate well to our game and should probably remain a quirk of football history, writes Rohan Connolly.

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ROUND TABLES

Round Table: Is it time we start worrying about the Tigers?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions, including whether it's time to start worrying about Richmond, if Lachie Neale was lucky to escape suspension and who the best recruit of the year has been.

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Round Table: Should David Teague see out the year at Carlton?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions, including whether David Teague's time's up at the Blues, if Anzac Eve has surpassed Anzac Day, and Patrick Dangerfield's standing in the game.

Round Table: Which club should pursue Kade Simpson hardest?

Our AFL experts debate the burning questions, including where Kade Simpson 'should' land, the biggest storylines to come out of the round ahead and we revisit our Grand Final predictions.

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