Jobe Watson has put the onus on Essendon's hierarchy to find a way to retain Mark Thompson beyond this season.
Melbourne is all but resigned to James Frawley quitting the club as a free-agent.
A year after he was squeezed out of Richmond's drought-breaking finals appearance, Nathan Foley is finally expected to shed his unwanted status as the league's longest-serving player yet to play beyond the home-and-away season.
Every week, a group of St Kilda officials gather in a window-less room in the football department which has become known to all as "The War Room".
As Tom Hawkins enters the finals on the back of a career-high seven-goal game, Geelong coach Chris Scott insists his key forward's improved health and output won't be enough to take a team he says is "in a good place" further into September than last year's narrow preliminary final defeat.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.
Geelong will meet Hawthorn in a qualifying final on Friday after defeating the Brisbane Lions.
If North defeated Melbourne in this low profile encounter, the Roos would play Essendon next week.
Minor premiers Sydney confident as Richmond secures first back-to-back finals berth in 39 years.
There are times when eighth place is more important than first.