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Three changes for Alice Springs

MELBOURNE has made three changes for Saturday’s clash against the Gold Coast Suns at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

The Demons have recalled the experienced Jake Melksham along with youngsters Alex Neal-Bullen and James Harmes for the crucial round 10 match.

Winger Billy Stretch, tough-nut Dean Kent and tall forward Sam Weideman have been named emergencies.

It will be Melksham’s first senior match since round six after he was dropped in round seven before serving a one-match suspension in the VFL. He was impressive in Casey’s 43-point over Port Melbourne last round with 34 touches.

Neal-Bullen played the first half a dozen matches this year, while Harmes has made four appearances.

Melbourne is aiming for its fifth win of the season and its first ever victory in Alice Springs.

The match starts at 4.05pm (ACST).

B: Jayden Hunt, Sam Frost, Neville Jetta
HB: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Jordan Lewis
C: Nathan Jones, Clayton Oliver, Bernie Vince
HF: Jeff Garlett, Cameron Pedersen, James Harmes
F: Tomas Bugg, Christian Petracca, Mitch Hannan
Foll: Tom McDonald, Dom Tyson, Jack Viney
I/C: Jack Watts, Jake Melksham, Alex Neal-Bullen, Josh Wagner
EMG: Billy Stretch, Dean Kent, Sam Weideman

IN: Jake Melksham, Alex Neal-Bullen, James Harmes
OUT: Christian Salem (susp.), Dean Kent (omitted), Sam Weideman (omitted)