Melbourne report card

 

Sacked coach Dean Bailey talks to his players after one of the many disappointing onfield performances in 2011.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 8, Draw 1, Lost 13: Finished 13th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Stefan Martin, Sam Blease, Jeremy Howe, Luke Tapscott, Jordan Gysberts

TRADE POTENTIAL

Cale Morton, Matthew Bate, Lynden Dunn, Ricky Petterd, Matthew Warnock

GOING, GOING

Joel Macdonald, Jamie Bennell, Rohan Bail, Addam Maric

GONE

WHAT THEY NEED

A strong-bodied key forward to partner with rising star Jack Watts, more depth in the midfield and another small forward to compliment the talents of Liam Jurrah.

COOPS’ VERDICT

It was a disaster year for the Demons. They had a favourable draw coming in (they played Gold Coast and Port Adelaide twice and each of last year’s top four just once) and were genuine contenders for the eight. The season has ended with the sacking of their coach, a sacked CEO who suddenly became unsacked, along with doubt over the Football Manager’s position, plus the likely departure of Tom Scully to Greater Western Sydney. Another concern has been the lack of development and establishment of key players on the list, in particular high draft picks. No.4 pick Cale Morton has failed to progress, so too has Addam Maric (No.21), as well as first-round selections Lynden Dunn and Matthew Bate. Jack Trengove and Jack Watts have developed nicely but along with others, have a long way to go despite the upside. Melbourne need to appoint the best available coach to take this club forward. The emphasis must be on development of this group of players that has enormous upside given the right direction and discipline. An intriguing off-season awaits the Demons.

TOMORROW: RICHMOND

 

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