MELBOURNE had a light training run on Friday morning, doing its final preparations in the lead up to Round 19.
With the Dees already announcing their side to face St Kilda, the final 22 took to Gosch’s Paddock, and were in good spirits ahead of the trip to Marvel Stadium.
The injured Steven May was also on the track and appeared to be moving well despite being sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Melbourne’s changes this week provide an opportunity for Oskar Baker to play his seventh game of senior footy, an opportunity he is looking forward to.
“I can’t wait to get out there with the boys again and hopefully get a win,” Baker told Melbourne Media.
“It’s been a few weeks since we got a win and I’m just looking forward to getting back out there again.”
Baker is set to play his first game since the Demons’ loss to Brisbane, coming into the side on the back of some strong VFL form.
While Friday’s captains run wasn’t too grueling, the 21-year-old said it was important in the build-up to Saturday night’s game.
“It was good to just get the body moving and get ready for tomorrow – I’m feeling really good,” he said.
And although the Dees are sitting in 17th position on the ladder, there is still a strong vibe around the group as they look to take plenty out of the last five weeks.
“Win, lose or draw we’re always up and about looking to improve, and I think the boys just see it as another opportunity be better,” Baker said.
“I guess everyone is just excited to get out there and get a win.”
In other positive injury news, Marty Hore, Jake Melksham, Billy Stretch and Sam Weideman will all return from injury via the VFL on Sunday.