Ins: Bernie Vince from Adelaide, Viv Michie from Fremantle, Dom Tyson from GWS, Daniel Cross from Western Bulldogs.
Outs: Colin Sylvia to Fremantle.
2013 Record – 17th on ladder – 8 points – 2 wins, 20 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Negative: 18th in kicks, 18th in disposals, 18th in points, 17th in handballs.
A glance at the stat rankings above tells the story of Melbourne’s year in 2013. They were hopeless. In fact, Nathan Jones aside, they were worse than that.
Demons fans will be hoping that a new coach in Paul Roos, a couple of new captains, with Nathan Jones replacing Jack Trengrove as co-captain with Jack Grimes and a host of new players can turn the fortunes of the club around in 2014.
Last season the Demons never recovered from a horror start where they lost their first three games by an average of 107 points. They face St Kilda at the Etihad, West Coast at the MCG and GWS at the newly named Spotless Stadium in the first three fixtures of 2014 and the feeling is they need to be competitive against St Kilda and West Coast and beat GWS in order to gain any sort of momentum to take forward into the rest of the season.
If you think Paul Roos is the Messiah he’s made out to be on the Fox Footy love-in then perhaps the $15 for the Demons to make the top 8 on offer from Sportingbet will tickle your fancy. However, if you are of the opinion that he’s just a naughty boy then the Demons to win least matches at $3.5 with Sportsbet is the wager for you.