Dees can’t give up on AFL season: Trengove
Melbourne co-captain Jack Trengove says the Demons are determined to break their cycle of mediocrity and finish the AFL season on a high.
They last played finals in 2006, with the next three seasons after that success netting just 12 wins combined.
Former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean, now playing for Carlton, said he left the club because they deliberately lost games during that period, triggering an AFL probe into the alleged tanking.
While recent years haven’t been quite as dire, the Demons have typically fallen away in the last month of their season – something Trengove warned against on Friday.
“It’s really important that we finish off strongly and take a lot of confidence into the next pre-season,” Trengove told AAP ahead of the clash with Greater Western Sydney in Canberra.
“Because teams can fall into the trap of falling away and just giving up on the season – but it puts them right back where they were at the start of the season.”
By Trengove’s own admission, his first season at the helm has been less than ideal – for both the team and himself.
But the 20-year-old is upbeat about the future.
“I’ll look back at his year in years to come and be thankful for going through a period like this, because I’ve learned so much. Hopefully we can build on it in the years to come.”
Trengove had yet to be drafted by the Demons in the period McLean alleges the club purposely lost games, but feels for those who were there.
“I think the players that were involved in that period would take it (the allegations) to heart, because they’re being questioned that they don’t try when they go into games of footy,” he said.
“And that’s the last thing you want to be thought of as a player.
“I can’t really comment because I wasn’t here at the time, but I’m sure the boys aren’t happy with what’s being said.”© AAP 2013