In late October, Essendon announced that club doctor Bruce Reid passed away at the age of 75. He was the AFL's longest-serving physician. He began as a player in the VFL, with three games with Hawthorn in 1966 and 1967 before receiving his medical degree in 1968. At that time, he was playing for Preston in the VFA.
Lance Franklin's move from Hawthorn to Sydney after the Hawks won the 2013 Grand Final is well-documented. Although he was a member of the 2012 side which lost to the Swans, he has the chance to be added to an elite list of players should the Swans again be victorious. While there have been over 70 players who switched clubs and played in Grand Finals for two different clubs, less than half tasted the ultimate triumph with their new teams.
by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Less than a week before the start of Round One, former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Bailey joined Adelaide as strategy and innovation coach in late 2011 after leaving the Melbourne Demons. The club granted him a leave of absence after his illness was diagnosed last November. Shortly after the announcement of his passing, tributes poured in from all sectors of the football community. All and sundry described him as a very positive person, fiercely loyal and one who had a great sense of humor. Bailey was 47 and is survived by his wife Caron and sons Darcy and Mitchell.