Ex- Croc to make AFL debut
MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin has handed a surprise Demons debut to former Townsville Crocodiles guard Corey Maynard.
The ex- basketballer played for Cairns Taipans and Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL before deciding to follow younger brother Brayden — a Collingwood defender — into the AFL.
“He’s got some great attributes, a mature body and doing some really exciting things at VFL level,” Goodwin said of Maynard.
“He’s a really contested player around stoppages and the midfield.
“It’s exciting for the footy club at this stage of the year to have a debutant who’s worked his way into the team.”
Goodwin said the club still hoped to see injured forward Jesse Hogan play again in 2017 despite breaking his collarbone in Hobart.
“He’s back in the gym doing some lower leg weights and getting himself moving again,” he said. “There’s no actual plan for when he’ll be back but we’re really hopeful he’ll be back.” The Demons are hopeful of breaking an 11year finals drought this season but could find themselves outside the eight without a win over the third- placed Giants.
Goodwin is also relishing a Demons midfield reunion as the club’s campaign to play AFL finals enters the final furlong.
Nathan Jones and Bernie Vince are confirmed starters for Saturday’s round 20 match against GWS Giants in Canberra.