Dennis Cometti: Demons recruiting is woeful

Dennis Cometti April 4, 2012, 9:40 pm

A lot has been made of how Melbourne played last week, and the reasons they were so poor.

Before the season started I had them just outside the eight, but I don't think they're going to finish that high after watching them in round one.

They are going to struggle, no doubt about it.

I've seen too much of Melbourne in recent seasons to suggest they'll smash anyone on a regular basis.

You can always blame the players. But are they really that good to begin with?

It's a very bland group of players that they have right now, and it comes back to recruiting. And the recruiting has been shocking.

I met a very passionate and well-dressed Melbourne fan who told me it came down to a simple thing - that Melbourne lack players who do rare and incredible things that are expensive and difficult for other clubs to emulate.

He used Lance Franklin as an example of such a player, and I have to say I agree with him.

He also said it came down to the people that chose the players and at Melbourne he thought they consistently picked the same type of player; weak reeds like Jack Watts and Cale Morton.

Melbourne have not picked good enough players to make them a success.

I remember them in the sixties, I barracked for them and had a Melbourne jumper and they were a powerhouse. How they've come to this is just galling.

Even in the fifties when they should have really won six flags in a row, Melbourne were unstoppable and to see where they are now has almost made me give up on them.