Brent Moloney
Brent Moloney

Melbourne's reigning best-and-fairest winner Brent Moloney is struggling to adapt to the evolution of the game, according to his coach Mark Neeld.

Moloney has spent the last two weeks in the VFL with Casey Scorpions since being substituted in Melbourne's Round 20 clash against St Kilda.

Neeld believes that fewer stoppages and quicker restarts are among several evolutionary changes in football that are detrimental to the 28-year-old's game style.

"The game is played differently (and) the speed of the game has certainly increased. So there are a whole range of things that are changing," he said.

Neeld said despite Moloney having a strong work ethic at training, he was just simply 'not in great form'.

He also said that Moloney was available for selection this week and would sit down with the club at the end of the season to participate in a post-season review.

Moloney is a restricted free agent and is likely to attract interest from several AFL clubs, with Port Adelaide reported to be a suitor.

Even though he knows he is missing a marking target inside 50, Neeld ruled out making an offer to Collingwood's Travis Cloke.

"There have been no offers from the Melbourne footy club to Travis and he's not coming here," he said.

The Demons square off against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night - a venue they haven't tasted victory at since 2004.

And Neeld committed to playing an attacking game, as being defensive would restrict his players' development.

"I don't think the right thing to do is stick 17 people in the back 50 and just leave it in there and create an arm-wrestle with mass numbers," he said.

"We'll try a couple of different things perhaps, but we're fairly keen to keep a similar structure forward of the ball and teach our inexperienced midfield a certain way to play."


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