ALAN RICHARDSON spoke nothing but praises of Melbourne’s newest recruits during a grueling preseason program.

All-Australian Ruckman Brody Grundy, experienced winger Lachie Hunter and key forward Josh Schache all strengthen the Demons list, with Richardson impressed by the ruck duo’s early chemistry on the track.

“It’s been a work in progress with both being number one ruckman for their respected clubs over the last few years, it’s been brilliant having them on the same team in match sim and also pitting them against each other” Richardson said on the acquisition of Brody Grundy.

“They’ll have to work in tandem, which has the potential to be incredibly powerful with the minutes they won’t play in the ruck but having a greater impact ahead of the ball.”

Key pickups from the Western Bulldogs over the trade period bring experience and a versitlie option for Melbournes key position stocks.

“Hunter’s an experienced player whose played elite footy for a long time with success too. He’s a strong communicator especially organising at the stoppage which will really benefit us” Richardson adds on Hunter.

“His decision making and then backing up his decision with the execution and ability to kick inside 50 which is something we’ve been looking at improving, we think he’ll be fantastic.


“Schach (Schache) finished the year really well kicking 14 goals in 2 games and had an interrupted start to his career but has enormous upside and talent for a player who can play both in the ruck and as a key forward.

“It’s great to have him (Schache) on our list and is pushing hard after performing really well in match sim.”