Game 1: v Adelaide, Casey Fields (4.40pm AEDT, Saturday, February 22)
Game 2: v Hawthorn, University of Tasmania Stadium (7.40pm AEDT, Friday, March 6)

Players to watch

Luke Jackson: With Max Gawn and Braydon Preuss sidelined with knee injuries, last year's No.3 overall draftee, who has been likened to Brodie Grundy, will get a chance to show his wares on a bigger scale than initially planned. 
Mitch Brown: Just how the ex-Bomber fits in as a third forward-line tall will be interesting, or if he'll be considered to take his 196cm frame into the ruck given the Gawn and Preuss situation.
Kysaiah Pickett: Described as physical, exciting and fast, the small forward is a walking highlights reel. Is capable of providing the spark in the forward line the Dees need.

What's new

Acclaimed fitness expert Darren Burgess has been cracking the whip in his first pre-season with the club with the players running for longer; their recent documentary To Hell And Back revealing they covered up to 37km one week in November, which is more than they did in any weeks the previous pre-season. With Simon Goodwin admitting in the same documentary "we got our whole summer wrong" last year, there's been big changes to the way they've approached the fitness side of things this time around.

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To Hell and Back | Episode 2

The Melbourne Football Club is opening up its doors, presenting fans with a pre-season documentary series, 'To Hell and Back'.

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