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Tyson fully focused on finals charge

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I do want to be known as a Melbourne footballer for the majority of my career… right now I'm enjoying being back playing in the senior side
Dom Tyson

THE TOPIC of trade speculation mid-year, Dom Tyson is more concerned about keeping his spot in Melbourne's senior side and contributing to the Dees' charge towards finals than his own future. 

Midway through the season, Tyson was unable to crack into a Demons team that was humming along, being squeezed out of one of the strongest midfield contingents in the competition.

It led clubs to start enquiring about whether he was open to moving at the end of the year, but Tyson, contracted to the Demons until the end of 2019, told he was not aware of approaches from any potential suitors.

Essendon, Carlton and the two Queensland clubs – Brisbane and Gold Coast – have been linked with the 25-year-old, who spent the first two seasons of his 101-game career at Greater Western Sydney.

"Whether there were phone calls with my manager, I'm not sure," Tyson said.

"I didn't really care at that stage, it was about what I could do to get back into the senior side as quick as possible. And I made that my primary focus.

"I'm certainly contracted to Melbourne at this stage and I do want to be known as a Melbourne footballer for the majority of my career… right now I'm enjoying being back playing in the senior side."

Tyson has re-established himself back in the Demons' lineup, re-adjusting to a new role on the wing after being an emergency or on the cusp of selection for seven matches during his time in the VFL.

Rather than getting sucked into the contest and following the ball, as he has been used to doing as an inside midfielder, Tyson has been working on holding his width and honing his defensive running patterns.

Coach Simon Goodwin has been a strong sounding board for the midfielder, whose 2018 campaign was slightly hampered by a calf injury on the eve of the home-and-away season.

Not that Tyson is using the injury as an excuse for his up-and-down campaign.

"'Goody's' really transparent. You can knock on his door – well, he doesn't even have a door, it's just an open office with the other coaches, so you can pop in there any time," Tyson said.

"At all times you knew what was in front of you. Being competitive, you get a little bit impatient and you just want to play, and let your footy doing the overwhelming talking.

"But you've got to listen and look to want the coaches want specifically from you."

Tyson has heeded that advice and is back playing good football in his newly-assigned role. The midfielder has averaged 22.7 disposals over his past three games, tallying a season-high 27 touches against Gold Coast last weekend.

"I needed to add another string to my bow, particularly with Clayton (Oliver), 'Gussy' (Angus Brayshaw) and (Jack) Viney going so well," Tyson said of his role on the wing.

Tyson is expecting a tough challenge against Sydney at the MCG on Sunday, while the assignments don't get any easier with West Coast (Optus Stadium) and the Giants (MCG) to close the season.

The Demons took some key learnings from their heartbreaking loss to Geelong in round 18 and the tight win over Adelaide in round 19.

"The more times you're in high-pressure situations, the better you are for it," Tyson said.

"We dealt with the Geelong situation, and Adelaide we did a few things differently and it worked out for us.

"If it pops up again, which it could happen this week, we feel like we're in a better spot to implement the plans we've got in place."