Mercury (Hobart) : 2019-06-12

AFL, TSL : 47 : 47


AFL, TSL 47 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 • SUBSCRIPTI­ONS 1300 696 397 Dees chief confident Thomas just cruising GLENN Bartlett has backed in his football department to turn around a woeful season, adamant the club will push for finals until all hope is lost. The Melbourne president said yesterday no thought would be given to shutting down injured players with early surgeries, adamant the season was not yet lost. He said the club did not need a review of its operations or football department despite the deeply disappoint­ing 3-9 start to the year. Bartlett said the last 10 games of the year would be a test of everyone at the club, throwing his support behind coach Simon Goodwin and football boss Josh Mahoney. “There is definitely no panic. I am really confident we will turn it around,” he said. “It is frustratin­g not just for our supporters but everyone involved including myself. “Particular­ly the last four to six weeks where we have played the kind of footy we can, we are just not getting the results for effort. But I have spent a bit of time in the footy department, which I hadn’t before, spent a day down there and they are working hard every day to get better. I am confident things will turn.” Melbourne must spend the last 10 weeks making a series of calls on uncontract­ed players including Nathan Jones, Jeff Garlett and Jay Kennedy-Harris, with Jordan Lewis to retire at year’s end. It must also decide whether to stick with out-of-form tall Tom McDonald after the bye against Fremantle. ADELAIDE OVAL, TOMORROW, 7.50PM V1 - MERE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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