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Strong finish the aim for Tyson

Dom Tyson of the Demons in action during the 2015 AFL Round 07 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG, Melbourne on May 16, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Dom Tyson of the Demons in action during the 2015 AFL Round 07 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG, Melbourne on May 16, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
It’s been a bit frustrating. I’ve been a bit inconsistent with form and had a bit of a knee injury that hung around for a bit, but then eventually I had a couple of weeks off
Dom Tyson

AFTER finishing second in Melbourne’s best and fairest last year, midfielder Dom Tyson concedes 2015 has been a frustrating year with niggling injury and form, but he is determined to finish the season off strongly.

The classy ball-winner said he battled a knee injury early in the year, after injuring it against Richmond in round four, and played several matches under duress, before he was forced to miss rounds eight and nine.

“It’s been a bit frustrating. I’ve been a bit inconsistent with form and had a bit of a knee injury that hung around for a bit, but then eventually I had a couple of weeks off,” Tyson told Dee TV.

“I’m feeling good now and I feel like with eight weeks left in the season, there is a lot to be gained, definitely.

“We’re not satisfied as a team with what we’ve done this year by any means – individually and as a group we’ve still got a lot to prove in the next eight weeks. I’m really excited actually by the last two months of the season.”

Tyson, who battled shin and knee injuries in his first two seasons at Greater Western Sydney in 2012-13, said he was annoyed to play with a knee problem in the first half of the season, given he had such a strong summer.

“It was my first [full] pre-season and I felt really confident heading into the year. I was in good shape and the fittest that I’d been,” he said.

“I felt pretty good through some of the NAB Challenge games and then I had a couple of inconsistent games at the start of the year. It felt like I hit my straps just before I collided with the goalpost against Richmond and wrapped my knee around it.

“I was able to play the next few weeks, but wasn’t able to train and I missed a few beats. I needed that break mid-year for a couple of weeks, but I’m feeling pretty fresh now, so hopefully it’s a good couple of months of footy.”

Tyson said from an individual point of view, his focus for the rest of the season was to balance his offense and defensive play.

“There are times when I’ve had a good offensive game and done some poor things defensively,” he said.

“There are times when I’ve probably been pretty solid defensively, but probably haven’t quite joined in offensively.

“I’ve worked pretty hard with Goody (Simon Goodwin) and a few of the coaches there to get that balance right, so that’s something I’ll focus on for the next eight weeks.”