The depth that Melbourne coach Paul Roos has craved since joining the AFL club in 2013 is finally starting to materialise.
Defender Neville Jetta, one of the Demons’ best in an impressive 4-4 start to the season, will miss Sunday’s MCG clash with Brisbane because of a one-game ban.
When injury or suspension struck the club in recent years, Roos was often forced to call up youngsters that weren’t quite ready for the top level.
Now VFL affiliate Casey are topping the ladder and there are a glut of options to pick from.
“It’s a bit of a luxury, we’ve got five or six you could choose from,” midfielder Dom Tyson said on Wednesday.
“It keeps the blokes in the senior side on their toes, because they’ve got to be playing well (to get picked).
“It’s a good sign of our depth, Casey are going really well and we’ve got a lot of players in form down there.”
Alex Neal-Bullen looms as the leading candidate for a call-up, having tallied 39 possessions in Casey’s last-start win over Sandringham.
Angus Brayshaw suffered a concussion during that match, his second in the space of three weeks.
“I sent him a message yesterday, he’s a bit groggy as you’d expect,” Tyson said.
“He’s pretty flat about things but the club’s handling it really well.
“It might be up to a month out and go from there. I think it’s more on how you feel, week to week.
“He’s just got to look after himself ..we’re all really supportive and can’t wait to have him back out there.”
Former captain Jack Trengove, who has had a wretched run with injuries, is edging closer to an AFL recall.
“He looks super fit, he’s moving well,” Tyson said of Trengove, who hasn’t played since round two of the 2014 season.
“I’m not sure if he’s in the frame this week, next week or week after but he’s certainly close.
“It’ll be really exciting when he does come in. A lot of boys have kept a close eye on his journey and his mood over two years.”