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2015 review: Jack Viney Jack Viney reflects on the 2015 AFL season
AFL 2015 Rd 16 - Melbourne v Brisbane

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Jack Viney of the Demons marks the ball during the 2015 AFL round 16 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

If one day I were ever lucky enough to win one, it would be terrific and so humbling because of those family ties with the club and the award

JACK Viney says finishing runner-up in Melbourne’s 2015 best and fairest count meant a lot to him after injury disrupted his start to the season.

Looking back on his year, Viney said he had expected his time on the sidelines to hurt his best and fairest ranking.

With one vote separating Viney and eventual Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophy winner, Bernie Vince, Viney came close to emulating his father Todd, a two-time club champion in 1993 and 1998.

“Obviously with my dad and his history with the club, he got to win two best and fairests, so the award does have a bit of sentimental value to it,” he told Dee TV.

“If one day I were ever lucky enough to win one, it would be terrific and so humbling because of those family ties with the club and the award.”

Three years into his playing career at Melbourne, Viney said that he was enjoying the working relationship he has with his dad at the Club.  

“I’m in a pretty unique situation having my old man at the club. For me, it doesn’t feel too weird because my dad has been involved in my football career even since I started playing,” he said.

“I really like the relationship I have with my dad at the club. He leaves the coaching to the coaches and he’s there for support.

“I’ll find myself going into his office quite often and running things by him and seeing what his thoughts are on things. He’s more of a mentor figure for me and is someone who I can bounce things off.”

Looking ahead to next season, Viney said that he was in no rush to move into an official leadership position just yet.

“I’m pretty happy with where I am and I’m comfortable with the path I’m taking. I don’t have aspirations to get to a leadership position as quickly as I can,” he said.

“One day for my peers and teammates to see me as someone who behaves the right way and performs on game day, that’s something I’d certainly enjoy and be thankful for but I’m just on the journey and whatever happens will happen.”