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Melbourne's January agenda

Nathan Jones leads the team off after the preliminary final defeat (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Nathan Jones leads the team off after the preliminary final defeat (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Have the demons from the preliminary final been consigned to the past?

Melbourne’s 2018 season was full of positives.

The club broke its 12-year finals drought, Jack Viney finally got back on the park and Max Gawn had a year to remember.

But the manner in which their season ended, a 66-point loss to eventual premiers West Coast in a preliminary final, was tough to take.

In fact, while the coaches have all re-watched that match, the players themselves, according to veteran Jordan Lewis, haven’t sat down as a group to review the game.

The Dees' 2019 campaign kicks off with a pre-season camp in Maroochydore, and they will want to make sure they've addressed any leftover demons from that preliminary final, so they can leave that game in the past and focus firmly on the future.