Melbourne’s Nathan Jones reacts after kicking a goal during the round 15 AFL match between the Demons and Crows at the MCG.
Melbourne’s Nathan Jones reacts after kicking a goal during the round 15 AFL match between the Demons and Crows at the MCG. JULIAN SMITH

Grimes back to boost Demons in Darwin

THE Demons aren’t exactly haunted by the past, but they certainly won’t be taking the Dockers lightly in Darwin.

Melbourne (6-8) sits six places higher on the ladder, but has suffered seven successive defeats to to Fremantle (3-11) and been held to an average of just 42 points in the past six.

“We really respect them as a team and we expect their absolute best tomorrow night, and that is all we can prepare for,” Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones (pictured) said.

The Demons will be buoyed though by the return of former co-captain Jack Grimes, playing his first game for the year and 99th in total.

“It’s a terrific story of persistence,” Jones said. “It has been tough for him but at no stage has he dropped his head or looked to blame anyone else ... (He’s) worked really hard on the areas we have wanted him to improve in.”


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