Sunday Territorian



MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin says he wants to be the man to help lead the Demons to more premiershi­p success after starting talks with club chiefs on a new deal.

The Demons are likely to move on a new contract extension over summer for Goodwin that will lock him in as the man to guide the club through an extended premiershi­p sweet spot.

With eight players aged 21 or younger in the premiershi­p team, Goodwin said the Demons were well placed if they were prepared to commit to the hard work and sacrifice required to remain at the top.

Goodwin, who is out of contract at the end of next season, said he wanted to remain in red and blue for many more years.

“When you look at where we are now, you feel incredibly connected to the people, the supporters, to everyone involved,” Goodwin said.

“We had some initial chats (about the future), but in the end I just wanted to get away (for a holiday) and think about where everything is at, because it has been a big year personally.

“We will come back together and I’m sure pretty sure myself, (president) Kate (Roffey) and Perty (chief executive Gary Pert) will sit down and have some honest conversati­ons about where that all sits.

“I see myself as a Melbourne person and that is what I want to be for a long time to come.”

The Demons will likely arrange a premiershi­p celebratio­n with supporters at the MCG when COVID-19 restrictio­ns allow after breaking its 57-year premiershi­p drought in Perth.

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