A California high school football punter could go down in history as the youngest ever international Australian Rules football talent to be discovered. Brandon Heicklen, 14, has been a junior football star since the age of eight, two years after he first began learning through a junior kicking camp. Even at the tender age of 12, he was a prodigious kick and his 55 yard (50 meters) kicks have attracted the attention of the AFL.
Ahead of the preseason draft, clubs are required to submit the names of players they intend to include on their rookie lists. Delisted and out of contract players were also required, by November 23, to submit their names for the preseason draft.
The Gold Coast Suns has pulled off the biggest recruiting coup yet with the signing of Geelong star Gary Ablett Jr. It is believed that the Suns, who knew Ablett would be out of contract at the end of this season, have been chasing him since last December.
Hawk midfielder Travis Tuck faced the Tribunal on the Tuesday following Round 22 as the first player charged with a third strike under the AFL's illicit drug policy. It was not through testing that his third offense was discovered, but rather from an incident during the Round 22 weekend.
Knowing when it's time to go
St. Kilda champion Robert Harvey announced that he would retire at the end of the season. Harvey, who said telling his teammates was the hardest thing he had ever done, said he believed it was the right time to step aside to give younger players a chance and also said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and children.