Is Dayne Beams staying or going?

As trade period looms, focus turns to player movement, and though contracted at Brisbane, Dayne Beams still hasn't publicly committed to staying with the Lions.

This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Caroline Wilson talk potential player movement in the off-season, loyalty to clubs and how many draft picks are too many for teams on the rise.

Also this week, the season is over for 10 teams and it's better news for some than others. We examine the cellar-dwellers and what needs to happen for them before season 2019 gets under way, including the lamentable Saints and the disastrous Blues.

Meanwhile, it's a rare season when there are four teams who finish on 12 wins – and all four fail to make the finals. It's set to be a tumultuous off-season for two of those teams in particular, Adelaide and Port Adelaide. The Power's recruiting strategy will be looked at and there are divisions among the playing group at the Crows. Questions will be asked.

In September action, the Demons have momentum, the Hawks have experience, and other top eight teams are playing well. But Richmond's best across the field is still better than any of the rest. We take a look at the finalists as they head into the bye week and who will benefit most from the week off.

Also this week: the fixturing of the first week of finals is raising a few eyebrows. We unpack the AFL's decisions and ask whether the AFL has put TV ahead of its supporters. We take a look at All-Australian selection, get Jimmy Bartel's Brownlow tips, hear whispers about a Coleman Medal bonus for a particular player and much, much more.

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Our trade period special episode is coming in the week after the grand final. Get in early and send us your questions to [email protected]

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