Is signing Grundy for seven years too big a risk?

However, signing Grundy on such a long-term deal appears riskier than the decisions of the Giants to secure Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield on deals of at least seven years that end when they are all well into their 30s. The Tigers gave seven-year contracts to Dustin Martin (33 at the end of his contract) and Tom Lynch (also 33 when his contract expires), a call Punt Road can already justify. Brodie Grundy with teammate Ben Reid at Collingwood training.Credit:Getty Images The risk is not about Grundy’s talent.…

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How Irish legend Cora Staunton overcame horror injury to continue AFLW career

And to cap it all off, the 38-year-old, who is lauded as one of Ireland’s greatest sportswomen, finds herself in the Giants leadership group for the first time as one of four deputies to new skipper Alicia Eva. It’s fitting recognition for Staunton, who has astounded people at the club with the speed and tenacity of her recovery from the double-leg break she suffered while playing for UNSW-ES Bulldogs in the AFL Sydney competition back in May. You can have pity on yourself, but it’s been a huge mental challenge…

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Banned West Coast Eagle Willie Rioli back training with club

Given the ongoing legal process, they said it would be inappropriate for Rioli to make any comment on the investigation at the present time and he would not do so, but he did say he was looking forward to reconnecting with the club. “It’s good to be back at the club and to see my teammates and staff,” he said. “The club has been really supportive over the past four months. “I have been cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation and I will continue to do so. I cannot discuss any…

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Banned West Coast Eagle Willie Rioli back training with club

West Coast premiership player Willie Rioli is back training with the club after taking time off following his shock provisional suspension. Willie Rioli.Credit:AAP The 24-year-old is facing a four-year ban after allegedly tampering with his urine sample in August during a routine drug test. Rioli has been spending time with family in Darwin and in the Tiwi Islands since news broke of his provisional ban last September on the eve of a semi-final against Geelong. More to follow AAP AFL

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Ball in Alex Rance’s court if he decides on retirement backflip says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

“My more important thing is to make sure Alex is happy in his journey in life. “Alex has been an outstanding player for our footy club and the biggest thing for us and our organisation is to make sure Alex is happy. He’s got a bigger purpose in life and football is second to that and we understand that. Family and faith are incredibly important to him and we support him 100 per cent.” The door is ajar for Alex Rance, says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.Credit:Eddie Jim But Hardwick said…

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Brodie Grundy signs seven-year deal with Collingwood

Star Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has signed a huge seven-year deal with the Magpies. Collingwood announced the deal on Friday morning, which has locked in the superstar before the ruckman became a free agent. “Clearly, at this age and point in my career, it was an important decision,” Grundy said in a club statement. “I took my time to consider all of the things that mean the most to me – my football, my ambitions, my life beyond the game, my family, friends, teammates and the football club – and…

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Houli praying Rance will find fulfilment

“Everyone is sad that he has stepped away from the game but I pray that he comes back because he such an incredible player but more importantly an incredible person … I pray that he comes back but more importantly we pray that he continues to be happy and to fulfil what he wants to fulfil in life,” Houli said. The two teammates caught up briefly at a funeral recently but their discussion was focused on the occasion rather than any football talk, with Houli always capable of finding perspective…

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Essendon Bombers’ Joe Daniher to see groin injury specialist in Ireland

Comfortable with the big man’s progress, the Bombers and Daniher have been in regular communication with Franklyn-Miller. Franklyn-Miller is the clinic director of the Sports medicine, biomechanics, rehabilitation and research centre at Dublin’s Sports Surgery clinic. He has also worked with the British Olympic rowing team, England Rugby and the Melbourne Storm. Daniher’s injury issues kept him sidelined for most of the past two seasons.Credit:Michael Willson/AFL Photos Greater Western Sydney defender Aidan Corr has credited his own return from groin issues to the work of Dr Franklyn-Miller and his colleagues.…

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Coleman Medallist Jeremy Cameron happy to take his time with GWS Giants contract talks

Cameron said there was “no timeline” on his discussions with the Giants and wasn’t worried that having his contractual status unresolved heading into the new season would be a burden on him. “Some people get it done really quick, some don’t, some take time like Cogs,” he said on Thursday. The new GWS Giants leadership group, minus captain Stephen Coniglio. (From left) Matt De Boer, Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Lachie Whitfield and Josh Kelly.Credit:Louise Kennerley “There’s definitely no timeline, but things are ticking away nicely, I’m speaking to the right…

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