Paul Roos is upbeat Melbourne won’t be going through the motions during his final month as an AFL coach.
Roos will coach the Demons for five more games before handing the reins over to assistant Simon Goodwin.
The 53-year-old has already achieved plenty in his three years at the club but remains desperate to make further improvements in 2016.
Last week’s one-goal loss to West Coast in Perth has filled Roos with belief that his players share the same mindset, despite the carrot of finals being taken away.
“Going over there after a six-day break, against a really good team that is fighting for a position in the top eight. They’re always the danger games,” Roos said.
“As is every game in the last four or five weeks. Because you don’t know the mindset of the players.
“We’ve got a great opportunity for five weeks to get real improvement … really deliver a brand of footy that we can sustain next year, the year after and the year after that.”
Roos said he would work with the club’s leadership group to ensure players continue to toil hard.
“There’s a lot of reasons to play well in the last five weeks but certainly you’re keeping an eye on all the players and making sure they’re not dropping off in any area,” he said.
Melbourne host Gold Coast on Sunday, when defender Tom McDonald will play his 100th game and match up on potent Suns forward Tom Lynch.
“That’s going to be a pivotal battle and one we’re hoping to win because Lynch has been terrific for them,” Roos said.
“Tom is used to playing on the best players in the competition and generally does pretty well.”
Roos has ruled out the prospect of coaching a third club and is yet to agree on a role with the Demons for 2017.
The man who helped break Sydney’s 72-year premiership drought in 2005 noted he was unlikely to become very sentimental about the impending end of his coaching career.
“You get stuck in the weekly routine and don’t think too far ahead,” Roos said.