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Sliding Doors: Grand Final edition

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna addresses his players during the 2014 AFL Round 20 match between the Carlton Blues and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on August 09, 2014. (Photo: Greg Ford/AFL Media)
If Guy McKenna is still Gold Coast's coach this time next week, Damian Barrett will be surprised

Andrew Jarman wants to compete in the news space...
...he needs better sources.
Brisbane Lions
Beams does indeed become a Lion...'s not silly to start talking finals.
we know one thing upon entering the trade period... is this: the Blues will not die wondering about who they may attract.
one more gun Magpie is let go or decides to walk...'s a crisis. Actually, it already is. Make no mistake about that.
ASADA does re-offer deals to players, and it almost certainly will... this space as some players negotiate on those deals.
Frawley, as expected, follows Clark, Cloke and Taylor in rejecting massive Dockers deals... is proof that money doesn't speak all languages.
we are to delve deep in analysing the 2014 performance of the Cats... ...we get more confused by the minute. Could make a compelling case they will be top four next year. And equally compelling that they will miss finals.
Gold Coast
McKenna is still coach by the time we write next week's Sliding Doors...
...we will be surprised.
Greater Western Sydney

Tom Scully wasn't on a million bucks a year...
...the Giants would be able to properly get involved in the Paddy Ryder bidding. He is, and they aren't able to.
the Hawks win the Grannie... ...incredibly, they will also have bragging rights over the Cats as the era's best team.
Peter Jackson gave up...
...he wouldn't have landed Paul Roos this time last year. Give him 12 months and operation Get Danger could pay off.
North Melbourne the Roos keep getting involved in the chase for big names... ...given their rediscovered favourable status they will land a quality player.
Port Adelaide
the Power land Paddy Ryder, and they are beautifully positioned to do so... will be the Brad Ottens move to Geelong all over again.
the Tigers needed more reminding that Matt White is the type of player they need...
...they got it with his well deserved Goal of the Year acknowledgment.
St Kilda
there's one thing among its unsuccessful history that this club would undo... ... Seaford would not be its home base.
Sydney Swans
you take a breath before 2.30pm on Saturday and attempt to analyse the expectation that is on Buddy... will realise that no man has ever entered a Grand Final under more pressure.
West Coast
Priddis' 2015 season is half as good as his 2014... ...he's an All Australian next year. There will be an over-correction from selectors, regardless of form.
Western Bulldogs Guy McKenna isn't safe... ...Brendan McCartney isn't safe.

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