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Lewis training like he has 'a point to prove'

Callum Twomey  February 3, 2017 11:30 AM

He's come in with a fantastic attitude and done a hell of a lot of work

JORDAN Lewis has spent his first pre-season at Melbourne training like he has "a point to prove", according to new Demons coach Simon Goodwin.
 
Lewis made the shock move from Hawthorn to Melbourne during last year's eventful trade period, with the Demons rapt to land the four-time premiership star and quality midfielder.
 
The 30-year-old will add important experience, toughness and class to Melbourne's emerging line-up, and Goodwin said he had noticed a steely determination in Lewis throughout summer.
 
"He's come in with a fantastic attitude and done a hell of a lot of work," Goodwin told SEN.
 
"He's trained extremely hard. He's been in the gym and been lifting heavy, and done every session so we couldn't be happier.
 
"I think he's got a point to prove that he's got a lot of footy left in him and he's an exciting guy to have around the footy club, especially for the younger players."
 
Melbourne list manager Todd Viney was central to Lewis's move to the Demons, after establishing a strong relationship with the midfielder during his time as an assistant at the Hawks.
 
Goodwin, who is about to enter his first season in charge of the Demons after two years under former head coach Paul Roos, said Lewis had already made an impact on the club.
 
"He's training to an exceptionally high level at the moment and he's bringing a different dynamic to the group in a whole range of roles. He'll play wing, in the midfield and also probably a little bit of half-back," Goodwin said.
 
Hopes are high for the Demons this season following 10 wins last year and the additions of Lewis and former Bomber Michael Hibberd to strengthen what is an already impressive batch of emerging stars.
 
But as well as impressive wins over Hawthorn and Greater Western Sydney, the Demons dropped games to bottom-five sides Carlton and Essendon, and remained a hard team to judge.
 
Goodwin said the club had focused on addressing its lapses.
 
"It's been something we've worked on throughout the whole summer. We're still inconsistent in periods of the season and periods of games, and it's probably been something that's been in Melbourne for a long, long period," he said.
 
"What we have focused in on through pre-season has been establishing a brand of play that the supporters, fans and media can see and identify, and come to expect from Melbourne week-in week-out.
 
"Is it going to be perfect every week? Probably not. But hopefully you'll see a really hard, hungry and competitive team around the footy that has great method around the ball. With that will come a level of consistent competitiveness."