With the 2019 AFL draft in the rearview mirror and club lists finalised for 2020, we decided – despite overwhelming popular opinion – that it’s not at all too early to start speculating about the season ahead.
Melbourne expect Simon Goodwin to coach in Sunday’s game against GWS, after his mid-week media conference was cut short because he felt unwell.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin threw a scare through the AFL club when he suddenly cut short his weekly media conference because of a dizzy spell.
Goodwin immediately went to see a doctor, but the Demons were confident he would coach them in Sunday’s match against GWS at the MCG.
He was taking questions about Melbourne injuries from reporters at AAMI Park on Wednesday when his voice started wavering.
Goodwin then looked over at Demons football boss Josh Mahoney and asked for some time out.
Goodwin immediately left the room and a few minutes later, assistant Troy Chaplin stepped in to finish off the media conference.
“He’s catching up with the doctor now, he just said he was feeling a little bit light-headed,” Chaplin said.
“We expect him to coach this week … it’s a little bit of a shock.
“Goody will be fine.”
Before his dizzy spell, Goodwin had been upbeat as he spoke about the easing of the injuries that have plagued Melbourne so far this season.
Defender Jake Lever will have at least another week in the VFL as he returns from his knee reconstruction.
“Another week won’t hurt him and make sure we really finish that rehabilitation off strongly,” Goodwin said
“I think Jake will end up indicating to us when he’s ready to play .. he’s getting very close.”
Goodwin also said the signs were good for Tim Smith, Alex Neal-Bullen and Christian Salem after they were concussed last weekend in the loss to West Coast.
He said they all ran on Tuesday and remain in the mix for selection.
“It’s only early, but they’re progressing well, so we’re hopeful they’ll play,” he said.
Goodwin added that Jordan Lewis, Sam Weideman, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan and Jay Kennedy-Harris were also available after recovering from injuries.