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Essendon Bombers. (Getty)
Essendon players are contemplating cutting a deal with ASADA in a bid to end the doping saga that has engulfed the club.

Jarryd Roughead kicked six goals. (AAP)
Hawthorn have set up a dream AFL grand final against the Swans after beating Port Adelaide in the prelim final.

James Hird. (AAP-file)
Tony Shaw senses Paddy Ryder's exit will be the watershed moment in James Hird's Essendon tenure.

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Talking points of the AFL grand finalSeven major talking points ahead of Saturday's AFL grand final between Hawthorn and Sydney. Rioli is Hawks' AFL x-factor: BurgoyneCyril Rioli's Hawthorn teammate Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks are a different side with Rioli in the team. Jack can accept fine for misconduct chargeSydney midfielder Kieren Jack is free to play in Saturday's AFL grand final, with his level-one misconduct charge attracting a fine. Bombers players to consider ASADA dealEssendon players facing doping bans are set to break rank from the clubs legal challenge against ASADA, with some contemplating cutting a deal with the agency in a bid to end the saga. Swans' 2014 season mirrors 2006 campaignSydney defender Ted Richards has noted similarities between the Swans' current AFL campaign and his first year with the club in 2006. Gray could win Port's first AFL BrownlowWhile the AFL coaches honoured Port Adelaide utility Robbie Gray, that does not necessarily boost his Brownlow Medal claims. Hawk sporting broken beak for AFL finalHawthorn onballer Liam Shiels was the victim of friendly fire late in the AFL preliminary final win over Port Adelaide. Hawks could roll dice on Rioli in AFLCyril Rioli played in Sunday's VFL grand final, but Hawthorn teammates Brad Sewell and Ben McEvoy didn't. 'Dogs break their VFL flag droughtHawthorn star Cyril Rioli played most of the first three quarters, but he sat out the end as Footscray beat Box Hill in the VFL grand final. Rioli says he's fit for AFL grand finalHawthorn forward Cyril Rioli has put his hand up for an AFL grand final recall after his first game in three months. Ablett injury means wide-open BrownlowThere is little doubt that Gary Ablett will lead the AFL Brownlow Medal count after 15 rounds, but what happens from there is anyone's guess. Rohan getting tips from two of the bestGary Rohan is getting advice on rebounding from defence in the AFL from two of the best in the business, fellow Swans, Nick Malceski and Rhyce Shaw. Franklin can handle hype: MalceskiSydney defender Nick Malceski expects Lance Franklin will handle the inevitable hype attached to facing his former club Hawthorn in Saturday's AFL decider. Three former Hawks boosting SwansLance Franklin won't be the only former player Hawthorn have to worry about in Saturday's AFL decider, with Josh Kennedy and Ben McGlynn also excelling. Ban best thing before finals says LakeResurgent Hawthorn defender Brian Lake says his four-week suspension has his mind and body fresh ahead of their AFL grand final against Sydney. Goodes in great form for AFL grand finalSydney fullback Ted Richards says club icon Adam Goodes has copped a lot of crap this year and it was good to hear the crowd chant his name last Friday.
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