Melbourne face a potentially tough decision on Monday whether to stay true to a commitment made almost two years ago to draft AFL father-son nominee Jack Viney.
The son of Demons’ 233-gamer Todd Viney, Jack was one of three players nominated on Friday for Monday’s father-son bidding meeting.
The others were Joe Daniher, the son of Anthony, on whom Essendon are expected to use their first pick, No.10 overall, and Lachlan Hunter, the son of Western Bulldogs 118-gamer Mark.
But it is Viney that shapes as the most interesting, given the stakes involved.
Melbourne announced in late 2010 that they would draft Viney this year, with the Demons having since overseen his training and Viney having spent this season playing with their VFL affiliate Casey.
Under the bidding system, the Demons will be forced to use their first pick, No.3 overall, if Greater Western Sydney or Gold Coast, who have the first two picks, make a bid for Viney.
Suns list manager Scott Clayton said on Friday the Suns were weighing up whether to bid their No.2 pick and Viney’s talent had him about that range.
“He is certainly in that first group from (pick) two to six and seven I would think,” Clayton said on the Suns’ website.
“Everyone has known the rules as well as Melbourne and him so there can be nothing guaranteed.
“We will make the best decision for us and Melbourne will make the best decision for them.”
Demons coach Mark Neeld declined to confirm whether or not his club would use the No.3 pick, if it was needed.
“We know where we rank Jack and I’m sure so do the other clubs,” Neeld told the Demons’ website.