Four-time AFL premiership coach Alastair Clarkson says the bye week before finals is challenging the integrity of the game as it removes any advantage for finishing in the top four.
Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney admits he won't be pain-free if he makes a miracle return from foot surgery in the Demons' AFL clash with Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Lifetime free agency is set to be introduced at the end of the season, with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan saying it's a "logical" change.
UPDATED | Gun Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan could return to playing in as little as one to two months, after being diagnosed with cancer just weeks after his father died of the disease.
The AFL has resisted calls to delay this year's grand final to a twilight start, with the showpiece game to begin with a traditional 2pm bounce, SA time.
The possibility of a dream Australian Open decider between Roger Federer and old adversary Rafael Nadal remains alive after the Swiss maestro edged countryman Stan Wawrinka in a thrilling semi-final last night.