Melbourne is set to unleash Majak Daw in a red and blue jumper for the first time next week, with the delisted Roo likely to play in the Demons’ upcoming VFL practice game ahead of the next list deadline.
Daw is one of four non-listed players that have been training with Melbourne over the summer as the club ponders how – and when – to fill four list chasms as Tuesday’s pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP) deadline approaches.
After signing with Northern Football League Club North Heidelberg in January, Daw was invited to train with the Demons in mid-February following injury setbacks to key forwards Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (leg).
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The 29-year-old has been training well, but the Dees opted not to give him a run last week in either of their AFL or VFL scratch matches against Richmond at Casey Fields as he continues to rebuild his fitness levels.
Kobe Farmer, the son of former Dees and Dockers forward Jeff Farmer, was the only train-on Demon that was exposed during last week’s VFL trial game against Richmond, with skilful defender Deakyn Smyth also not risked due to a minor hamstring niggle.
Werribee backman Kye Declase is the most recent player to be added to the train-on list. He’s also likely to play in the VFL game against the Bulldogs on Monday, alongside Daw.
The Dees have two official spots up for grabs, but have the ability to open up a third and fourth spot if they make Marty Hore and Aaron Nietschke ‘inactive’ after their respective season-ending ACL injuries.
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Demons list manager Tim Lamb last week told the Demons-Tigers stream commentary team that at least one Dees list spot would likely be held until the mid-season AFL draft.
“I would think at this point in time we’ll be holding a spot over for the mid-season draft,” Lamb said.
“We haven’t made a final decision on any of those boys (train-on players), but we’re getting to the point where we have to.
“We’ve got some ideas in our head.”
Melbourne on Monday afternoon will face the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium in the penultimate AAMI Community Series match.
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