Dees use extended break to reset

May 1, 2019 4:28 pm in by

TOM McDonald is likely to play forward against Hawthorn and Sam Weideman could go back to the VFL as Melbourne try to revamp their misfiring AFL attack.

McDonald trained as a forward during Wednesday’s spirited session ahead of their Saturday match against Hawthorn.

The out of form key forward went into defence for the last week’s loss to Richmond, which left the Demons mired at the foot of the ladder with only win from six games.

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“There’s a good chance he’ll play forward,” coach Simon Goodwin said of McDonald.

“Last week we broke the cycle and got him down back – I thought he played relatively well.

“Ultimately we see him long-term as a forward in our footy club.”

There are high hopes for Weideman, but the youngster has also been among the many Melbourne players to struggle so far this season.

“Sam is a developing player (and) we’ve said this a lot, the expectation for Sam is really, really high – externally, especially,” Goodwin said.

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“Internally, he’s played 26 games … as a key forward, he’s evolving at the speed we thought he would.

“He really trained really strongly today, as did Tom McDonald, so I’m looking forward to seeing those two boys get back to their best.”

Goodwin expects Jayden Hunt (back) to be ready for Hawthorn and is also confident about Christian Petracca, saying he was managed through Wednesday’s training.

The coach added that ruckman Max Gawn left training early for personal reasons.

Goodwin said the Demons had used the extended 10-day break after the Richmond loss to re-set.

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Melbourne will partner with Breast Cancer Awareness Australia for Saturday’s game.

Cancer survivor and Demons fan Amber Whalen spoke to the players on Wednesday morning.

Asked what she told them, Whalen replied “win”.

“I just told them if you want to win and beat something, you need to just keep fighting,” she said.