27/02/2024

Josh Schache is officially a Demon. (Photo: AFL.com.au/Design: Will Cuckson)

Josh Schache has made the move to Melbourne after 45 games with the Western Bulldogs after joining the club back in 2019 after making the move from the Brisbane Lions.

Josh Schache has made the move to Melbourne after 45 games with the Western Bulldogs after joining the club back in 2019 after making the move from the Brisbane Lions.

Schache joins the Demons after featuring in seven matches this season, after being unable to lock down a spot in the Bulldogs’ best 22.

 With the addition of Rory Lobb and the emergence of Sam Darcy and Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Schache’s opportunities AFL level may have been rare at the Bulldogs.

A career-best season in 2019, saw him score 24 goals from 14 games, and has filled several positions across his playing career to date.

Schache provides Melbourne will some key position depth, after losing Sam Weideman to Essendon on deadline day. Having that extra forward come in was something the side needed to allow for that selection pressure.

Can Schache reach his best at the Demons?

It’s the case of third time lucky for Schache, with the Demons being his third club but at the age of 25, the best is yet to come.

After being selected by the Lions at Pick 2 in the 2015 national draft, he’s never reached his full potential but learning off some of the best like Ben Brown, he could get there at the Demons.

 He’s shown a few times at VFL level what he is capable of but it’ll be about how he takes his opportunities when at AFL level.

Schache put together a string of strong performances in the latter stages of the season in the VFL kicking 17 goals in the final three games of the VFL season which included two seven-goal hauls.   

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Adding Versatility into the Demons lineup.

Schache brings that element of versatility to the side, having played in a number of positions across his 72-game career at the Bulldogs and Brisbane.

Schache had a brief stint down back for the Bulldogs in 2021 against Melbourne in round 19, where he had 17 disposals and 6 marks.

Schache was a key contributor to the Bulldogs 2021 finals campaign, playing all four games in the final series.

 Schache played a defensive forward role against the likes of Allir Allir in the Preliminary Final against Port Adelaide.  As well as hitting the scoreboard, and kicking four goals across the finals.

Melbourne’s list manager Tim Lamb said that Schache’s versatility was a key reason that they brought him into the club.

“We’re pleased to welcome an experienced and versatile player in Josh to the club,” Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“We have seen him play a number of roles over the years, with both Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs, and we look forward to seeing what he can produce in the red and blue.”

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