James Hird will be removed as coach of Essendon in the coming days.
James Hird has lodged an appeal with the Federal Court.
James Hird's solo move to appeal his unfavourable Federal Court finding has cast further uncertainty on the proceedings against 34 current and retired AFL players who stand accused of banned drug use.
Carlton could be in for a busy trade period, with list manager Shane Rogers declaring his club's interest in recruiting GWS tall Kristian Jaksch, as well as Bulldogs pair Liam Jones and Jason Tutt.
Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has all but clinched a settlement with the Bombers.
Suspended footballer Ahmed Saad believes his AFL career would have been over if he was handed a two-year ban for taking a stimulant banned on match day last season.
James Hird has declared he would be living a "lie" if he pleaded guilty to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and did not appeal the Federal Court decision despite now facing the sack as coach of Essendon.
Essendon's veteran midfielder Jason Winderlich has not ruled out returning to the Bombers if he reverses his decision to retire, his manager Marty Pask said on Thursday.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley concedes there are those within the Magpies who question his ways, but says he welcomes the feedback and asks "how can you succeed without conflict?".
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