Brock McLean
Brock McLean

Former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean has revealed his desire to leave the Demons was fuelled by the club's apparent intention to lose matches.

McLean - now at Carlton - was a member of the Melbourne side during a 2009 season, in which they lost six of their last seven games to finish bottom of the table with four wins, and picked up a priority pick (Tom Scully) and co-captain Jack Trengove.

Somewhat ironically, Scully was poached by Greater Western Sydney last year.

McLean said the Demons' ploy to deliberately lose games to earn higher draft picks went against his moral fibre.

"Circumstances that happened in the second half of the year never really sat well with me," McLean said on ''Fox Footy''.

"They don't call it tanking, we would call it experimenting or whatever it was. It just went against everything I was taught as a kid, taught as a footballer and as a person."

When pressed by former Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos on whether the pressure was coming from above then-coach Dean Bailey, McLean responded: "I would have thought so."

And McLean sympathised with Bailey, who was eventually sacked last year after the Demons copped a 186-point shellacking from eventual premiers Geelong, despite the side sitting in 11th place and still within reach of a finals spot.

"When I sat down with Dean Bailey, when I made my decision (to leave the club), I brought that up with him," McLean said.

"I told him what I really thought and we were both on the same page. I really felt for Bails because he was put in an uncomfortable position."

The Dees are languishing in 16th spot on the table with just two wins in 17 matches this season, while McLean kicked the winning goal for the Blues in their thrilling win over Richmond at the weekend.


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