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Jones to lead again

  • Jones to lead again

Melbourne midfielder Nathan Jones will head into 2016 as captain for the third straight year.

Jones took over from young duo Jack Grimes and Jack Trengove back at the beginning of the 2014 season and hasn't put a foot wrong since.

The hard-nosed midfielder had off-season neck surgery which has plagued his pre-season so far, but it is expected that Jones will return for the NAB Challenge in just two months time in February.

"I'm not fully training. Three month recovery. Getting flogged at running in recent weeks. Three or four weeks ahead," Jones said at this morning's press conference.

"It was a pretty serious injury and daunting to have operation."

Jones also added that reigning best and fairest winner Bernie Vince has suffered a minor finger injury, however it shouldn't hinder his pre-season all that badly.

Coach Paul Roos says it was important that Jones continue on as the captain of the club going forward.

"It was important for the club's stability (that we appoint Jones as captain). A leadership group will be announced at a later date.

Roos also confirmed earlier reports in the week that Simon Goodwin, who will take over the Demons coaching role in 2017, will coach the team in the upcoming NAB Challenge practice matches.

When asked about the year ahead, Roos added that the team is moving in the right direction.

"As a coach you don't focus on finals. As a club though you've got to start talking about it. We're moving in right direction"

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