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Matt Burgan  March 6, 2015 12:12 PM

NAB Rd1: Kennedy-Harris post-match Jay Kennedy-Harris chats with Matt Burgan following the loss to Fremantle
AFL 2015 NAB Challenge - Fremantle v Melbourne

Jay Kennedy-Harris of the Demons warms up during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 2 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Melbourne Demons at Fremantle Oval, Perth on March 05, 2015. (Photo: Will Russell/AFL Media)

SECOND-year Demon Jay Kennedy-Harris says he’s excited about the possibilities that could come from working with fellow smalls Jeff Garlett and Dean Kent in attack.

Kennedy-Harris said the addition of Garlett this season had increased Melbourne’s potency with its fleet-footed forwards.

“I was pretty excited. Having Jeffy come down to the club has been really good for myself and Dean Kent especially,” he told Dee TV.

“With that half-forward role between Dean Kent and Jeffy Garlett, we’re all there to really apply some pressure and be an option. [We] really [want to] keep [the ball] in the forward line and try and create some shots [at goal].

“It was good to have a hit-out with Hoges (Jesse Hogan), which was also good, because I’ve spent a lot of time with him over the year and a half at the club. I was definitely excited to go out there and play.”

Reflecting on the 18-point loss to Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Thursday, Kennedy-Harris said the stifling conditions and difference in ground size were hurdles the Demons had to combat. But he said there were plenty of positive aspects to take from the match.

“It’s a bit different going from training at Gosch’s [Paddock] to the bigger ground and at times we probably didn’t adjust to that,” he said.

“It was definitely good to get out there on the big ground and the conditions were pretty good for playing footy and at times we used the ball really well in those conditions.”

“There were definitely some promising signs individually and collectively. It was good to get the cobwebs out and I think we found today that when we’re on, we’re actually a really good football team, but at times we drop off.

“You just can’t afford to do that in this competition and we paid the price in that second quarter.”

Looking ahead to Melbourne’s next clash against the Western Bulldogs at Eureka Stadium, Kennedy-Harris said the team was eager to build on its first hit-out. 

“It’ll be great to have another hit out. There were a lot of promising signs [against Fremantle], but throughout the week we’ve got to make sure we have a really consistent game over four quarters and not just a couple,” he said.

“If we do that it should be a really promising finish to that game.”