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Brendon Goddard and Jobe Watson (R) reportedly met with the AFL's CEO last week. (Getty)
The AFL is refusing to disclose details surrounding a meeting between Essendon players and Gillon McLachlan at the league boss' home.

Tom Liberatore. (Getty)
An injury Tom Liberatore has soured the Western Bulldogs' NAB Challenge win over Richmond.

Eric Mackenzie. (Getty-file)
West Coast are expecting star defender Eric Mackenzie to miss the entire season with a knee injury.

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AFL confirms Essendon top upsThe AFL has confirmed the 13 players who will fill in at Essendon while the club awaits the anti-doping tribunal verdict. Swans talk up Tippett for AFL openerSydney will be without tall forward duo Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin for their NAB Challenge opener against Brisbane. Sheedy set to rejoin Bombers in AFLWhile Kevin Sheedy will go to Essendon with the blessing of GWS, his return to the Bombers will not be automatic. Kevin Sheedy returning to EssendonKevin Sheedy is poised to return to embattled AFL club Essendon. Chapman says 'Dons will be ready for AFLEssendon veteran Paul Chapman will captain a team for the first time in his AFL career this Saturday. Three Dons players meet with AFL bossThe AFL has confirmed a delegation of Essendon players met with league chief executive Gillon McLachlan. Roos backs AFL's NAB Challenge preparationDespite injury concerns, Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the current NAB Challenge format is the minimum clubs need to prepare for the season. Tippett injured for AFL pre-seasonSydney remain confident Kurt Tippett will be ready for round one of the regular season after a leg injury ruled him out of the NAB Challenge. Docker Tendai Mzungu re-signs with FreoAfter being snared as a mature-age player in 2010, Mzungu has re-signed with Fremantle until the end of next season. Beams ready for Pies challengeBig name Brisbane Lions recruit Dayne Beams appears to be relishing his AFL season opening clash against his former club Collingwood. Heppell and Billings join AFL injury listEssendon's Dyson Heppell and St Kilda's Jack Billings are the latest players to join a growing AFL injury list in the pre-season. GWS re-sign Davis till end 2018 AFL seasonGWS co-captain and key defender Phil Davis has signed to stay with the club till the end of the 2018 AFL season. Roo Thomas accepts AFL fine for Crow bumpThe AFL tribunal won't sit on Tuesday evening after North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas entered an early guilty plea on the charge of rough conduct. Bomber Heppell suffers knee setbackStar Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell will be sidelined for two weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery on Tuesday. Injured Dawson re-signs with DockersFremantle defender Zac Dawson hopes he'll recover from a niggling groin injury within the next month. Knee injuries prompt AFL pre-season talkWestern Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson wants the AFL to revisit the structure of the pre-season competition.
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