Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon believes the Demons should keep veteran Jordan Lewis next year, but says they can’t guarantee him a starting position.
Lewis played 24 games for the Dees this season, averaging 23 disposals and five marks.
“There’s no possible way the Melbourne Football Club could be worse off with Jordan Lewis at their football club next year,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“Bearing that in mind, he will turn up for pre-season and not have a spot guaranteed in the best 18.
“He’s contracted for next year, what he brings to the table has been unbelievably important for us over the years.
“During the finals series they leant on him heavily. He played a really good game and set the standard, so all that stuff is so critically important for a side that’s developing.
“I think you say to him, going around again, you come in and you earn your sport again, but there is Jayden Hunt competing against him, there’ll be others that stick their heads up and Jordan’s a fierce competitor, he won’t back away from that.
“There were times this year where he looked like a player that was coming to the end of his career. That’s not a criticism by the way.”
Lewis played his 300th game this year and will be 33 years old if he goes around again in 2019.
Listen to this morning's SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson in the player below