JAKE Spencer says he’s feeling fit and ready to go for round one – if he’s selected.
Coach Simon Goodwin said Spencer’s JLT Community Series form – which included three goals in Melbourne’s loss to the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on Thursday night – had been a genuine positive of Melbourne’s pre-season.
Goodwin said in his post-match media conference that the ruckman/forward was now a realistic chance to partner 2016 All-Australian Max Gawn against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.
And Spencer was confident he and Gawn could play in the same side, and add a different dimension to the team.
“I hope so. At the end of the day, it’s about team balance and if I can fit in there [that'd be great],” he told Melbourne TV.
“The one thing that you don’t want is to take away from Gawny, by having us both in there, because he’s such a dominant player, but hopefully the coaches think it’s beneficial by having me in there.
“Whether it is or not – we’ll find out in a couple of weeks.”
Spencer, who was Melbourne’s leading goalkicker against West Coast, was humble about his performance.
“I was in the right spot at the right time, but it was disappointing that we couldn’t get the win,” he said.
“We set ourselves up for this game and it was unfortunate that at certain times we were tested and couldn’t quite respond.
“The last couple of weeks, when I have been up there (forward), I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked, so it was good to get on the end of a couple of goals.”
Spencer, who has played 36 AFL matches for Melbourne since 2009, has battled a host of injuries throughout his career, but has had his best pre-season to date, which has shown by his encouraging early season performances.