DEMON leader Brent Moloney is hoping the return of a deeper red and blue in Melbourne new jumper will coincide with the type of success had by the club in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Moloney, a Melbourne supporter growing up, likened the club’s jumper to the 1987 version, when the club went back to its heritage and replaced its ‘TV royal blue’ (brought in for television during the 1970s).

The club had great success in 1987 - rising from second last in 1986 to a preliminary final and its first finals campaign since 1964.

Although Moloney - and the club - is remaining realistic about its goals in 2010, he is optimistic the colours can tie in with the return of long-term success.

“We had a lot of success in that darker blue and it’s great to see it back - hopefully we can get some more success in that darker blue and red,” he told

“I think it’s great that the club has gone back to its traditional colour and with the red V - I think New Balance has done a fantastic job.

“The players are pretty excited. We all look forward to the new jumper and they are all really happy with it and looking forward to wearing it in 2011.”

Moloney also praised Melbourne’s clash guernsey, which points towards its heritage with the Melbourne Cricket Club and the mid to late 1800s when the club was known as the ‘Invincible Whites’.

“It’s the best one I’ve seen,” he said about Melbourne’s alternative strip, which is a requirement of the AFL.

“It’s got a little bit more red and blue and it’s more traditional, towards our home guernsey.

“Hopefully, we can get a few wins in it.”