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Current Demons unaffected by tank turmoil: Clark

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Then club President Jim Stynes with Melbourne's top two selections Tom Scully, left, and Jack Trengove in November 2009.

Then club President Jim Stynes with Melbourne's top two selections Tom Scully, left, and Jack Trengove in November 2009. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Melbourne forward Mitch Clark says the tanking investigation circling his club is having no impact on the players as they prepare for the 2013 season.

While Melbourne players were angered enough in 2009 to form a deputation and confront officials over the tanking policy, Clark today said the AFL's probe had had no bearing on this current Demons group.

"(There's been) no change whatsoever. We're here for the pre-season, that stuff will take care of itself," he said.

"I obviously wasn't here when all this stuff allegedly happened, so I'm just looking forward to helping this team get back up the ladder.

"I really haven't thought out it too much to be honest. I try to keep my head out of the papers and it's out of my hands so there's no point me worrying about it."

The AFL is continuing its investigation over whether the Demons deliberately lost games in 2009 to gain higher draft picks. The investigation is likely to continue beyond this month's national draft, but the Demons could be forced to face the AFL commission within the next three weeks.

Clark said it was "business as usual" among the Melbourne players and coaches and that the allegations were unlikely to drive the team through the pre-season.

"We don't necessarily use the allegations to drive us to get back up the ladder," he said.

"What were here for is to play finals footy."

Clark, who is recovering from a serious foot injury that ended his 2012 season early, refused to answer when asked if it would be fair if Melbourne was sanctioned by the league if found guilty of tanking.

3 comments so far

  • I said, he said, they said......all noise. Have a look at the games and be honest, this team was never going to win even when trying. The real issue is the sysytem were if you reward mediocrity you get mediocrity. A draw from the barrel form priority picks between the bottom 6 teams takes all the reason for Tanking away. Tanking, I wish the Lions were tanking over the last 5 years...trouble is, like Melbourne, they were not good enough

    Commenter
    Kevin
    Location
    Sandringham
    Date and time
    November 01, 2012, 10:23AM
    • Define tanking. Did Melbourne play younger inexperienced players out of position to give them some experience even if it meant losing the game for long term benefits? Probably. Did professional athletes and coaches take the field with the full intention to lose the game? I doubt it. Melbourne is not the first and only club that hasn't had winning at all costs as its number one priority at the end of a season languishing at or near the bottom of the ladder.

      Commenter
      RLJ
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 12:39PM
      • Why should the current players be concerned? They'll never have to tank to have to lose. Losing comes so naturally to them.

        Commenter
        Elijah Baley
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        November 01, 2012, 2:30PM

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