‘Creates great pressure and opportunities as a team’- Simon Goodwin on key talls return

Ben Brown at Melbourne Training. Photo- melbournefc.com.au

Melbourne are set for a boost this week with gun forwards Ben Brown and Sam Weideman returning through the VFL program on the weekend.

Simon Goodwin spoke to the media this week about the pair’s VFL and future AFL return.

The Demons are excited at the prospect at having the pair play VFL minutes together to further their on-field connection.

“They’ll play this weekend in the VFL, both have done a an extraordinary job to get themselves in the condition that they’re in,” Goodwin said.

“They’ll probably play three quarters and the good thing is they’ll play together, start to build some chemistry between the two.”

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Both Brown and Weideman are no certainty to play in the AFL the following week if they get through unscathed as the Demons choose to take a conservative approach.

“We are looking forward to getting them back, getting them back playing some good footy and getting them available for AFL selection if that’s one, two or three weeks we don’t know,” Goodwin said.

“We’ll be guided by Burgo [Darren Burgess] and his fitness team and how they’re preforming, they’ll have to fight their way in.”

Goodwin is looking forward to having Brown get out on the field to make his Melbourne debut.

“It’s exciting to have options when we got Ben Brown to the footy club, we wanted him to come to our footy club, he’s a high class player to support our younger talls which are Sam Wiedemann and Luke Jackson,” he said.

“The emergence of Tommy McDonald and Luke has been substantial for the team but to get more tall forwards available again creates great pressure and opportunities as a team to find a way to improve.

“That’s the challenge to us as a footy club that we need to find ways to maximise.”

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