Melbourne captain Max Gawn will play in Sunday’s AFL recreation towards West Coast after struggling a knee damage final weekend in the win over St Kilda.
Coach Simon Goodwin mentioned on Thursday that Gawn is absolutely match forward of the round-nine recreation in Perth.
“He’s definitely going to be playing. He’s fully fit – he’s training today, he’s out there doing some centre bounce work,” Goodwin mentioned.
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“He’s firing on all cylinders and wants to go out and perform well for the club.”
Goodwin added it was nonetheless too early in the season to contemplate resting gamers regardless of the reigning premiers boasting an 8-0 report.
“From a high-performance perspective, if there’s any player who has an injury we won’t play them,” he mentioned.
“But that’s not the case and we’re not in the phase of resting players – we want to build our cohesion … we want to play our best footy and Max is a big part of that.
“It is spherical 9 – there’s a lot footy forward of us … there will be alternatives in time to take a look at our state of affairs and take a look at our damage listing and take a look at our gamers.
“But at the moment, it’s round nine … there’s so much improvement we need as a footy team.”
Because the Demons proceed their barnstorming premiership defence, Goodwin stays assured star wingman Angus Brayshaw will signal a brand new contract and keep past this season.
“I hope he doesn’t think too long (about his future). He’s a pretty important player to us and someone we love dearly,” Goodwin mentioned.
“Both parties have been really open about sitting down at the right time, which is coming up shortly.
“What I do learn about Angus, he has monumental delight in the event of our footy membership.
“I expect him to be a player at the Melbourne footy club for a long time. We’ll always be indebted to Angus Brayshaw for what he’s given to Melbourne.”