AFL season preview 2014: Melbourne

The arrival of Paul Roos and a host of experienced midfielders raises hopes of a revival.

MELBOURNE

Coach: Paul Roos

Captains: Jack Grimes, Nathan Jones

Last five years: 16-12-13-16-17

Premierships: 12 (1900, 1926, 1939-41, 1948, 1955-57, 1959-60, 1964).

Key Five: Nathan Jones, James Frawley, Jack Trengove, Mitch Clark, Jeremy Howe

One to watch: Dom Tyson. The Demons gave up pick two to the Giants for Tyson and think they’ve got the better deal for a reason. The competitive midfielder brings quick hands and strong running and should be a fixture in Melbourne’s best 22 for a decade.

Ins: Daniel Cross (Western Bulldogs), Jesse Hogan (Claremont WAFL), Jayden Hunt (Sandringham U18), Jay Kennedy-Harris (Oakleigh U18), Viv Michie (Fremantle), Aidan Riley (Adelaide), Christian Salem (Sandringham U18), Dom Tyson (Greater Western Sydney), Bernie Vince (Adelaide).

Outs: Aaron Davey (retired), Troy Davis (delisted), Tom Gillies (retired), Joel Macdonald (retired), James Magner (delisted), David Rodan (retired), James Sellar (delisted), Colin Sylvia (Fremantle), Rory Taggert (delisted), Josh Tynan (delisted).

Best line-up:

B: Lynden Dunn, James Frawley, Dean Terlich

HB: Jack Grimes, Tom McDonald, Colin Garland

C: Dom Tyson, Jack Viney, Jack Watts

HF: Sam Blease, Mitch Clark, Bernie Vince

F: Jesse Hogan, Chris Dawes, Jeremy Howe

R: Jake Spencer, Jack Trengove, Nathan Jones

I: Jimmy Toumpas, Daniel Cross, Max Gawn, James Strauss

Predicted finish: 16th

Betting (Sportingbet)

To win the flag: $251

To make the top eight: $13

Ultimate defender

20. Jack Grimes

Grimes again struggled with injury in 2013, but unlike in previous years this wasn’t paired with high scoring – six games over 80 points was much less than fantasy coaches were expecting. Still, he has a scoring ceiling better than most and the experience that Paul Roos has brought into the club in midfield will help Grimes discover his best football. He’ll play across halfback now, and should return to somewhere near the level he set in 2012.

More information at ultimatefooty.com.au

The story AFL season preview 2014: Melbourne first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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