Ex- Croc to make AFL de­but

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

DEBU­TANT: For­mer bas­ket­baller Corey May­nard will de­but for the Demons this week­end.

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