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Goodwin breaks down how Melbourne is reinventing its forward line


Melbourne’s forward line has had its issues this year, going from the top scoring offense last year to third last.

Things started to turn last weekend against Fremantle however, with Tom McDonald and Tim Smith kicking six between them.

McDonald in particular played his best game of the season, gathering 28 disposals and taking seven marks.

Demons coach Simon Goodwin says they’ve been working on their structure for the last month.

“He’s pretty honest Tom, he certainly lets you know how he’s going,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“The thing we’ve worked on in the last month, we’ve got a group of young forwards with Sam Weideman, Tim Smith and McDonald, three talls that haven’t played a lot of footy together, what we’ve been working on is how they can work together to get the result.

“On the weekend, Tom got the result in terms of the stats and the goals.”

Garry Lyon believes the Dees have finally worked out roles for their three key forwards.

“I don’t think McDonald should be the number one man. He should be the number three,” he said.

“Smith sort of played the number one role on the weekend, Sam Weideman the second and Tom McDonald the high.”

Goodwin was also incredibly happy with Weideman’s game, despite the 21-year-old not getting the same return on the scoreboard as the others.

“Sam Weideman’s game shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s probably one of the better six possession games I’ve seen from a key forward,” Goodwin said.

Lyon believes Weideman is showing all the signs of becoming a strong key forward in the coming years.

“I’m watching with my mates and my sons and they say Weideman gets to the spot and he keeps dropping them – but he’s getting to the spot,” he said.

“That’s the hardest part. So you’re going, if he can complete it, then I think you’ve got a player on your hands.”

The Dees travel north to take on Brisbane at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon.

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