Goodwin confirms Gawn will play in AFL

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Melbourne captain Max Gawn will play in Sunday's AFL game against West Coast after suffering a knee injury last weekend in the win over St Kilda.

Coach Simon Goodwin said on Thursday that Gawn is fully fit ahead of the round-nine game in Perth.

"He's definitely going to be playing. He's fully fit - he's training today, he's out there doing some centre bounce work," Goodwin said.

"He's firing on all cylinders and wants to go out and perform well for the club."

Goodwin added it was still too early in the season to consider resting players despite the reigning premiers boasting an 8-0 record.

"From a high-performance perspective, if there's any player who has an injury we won't play them," he said.

"But that's not the case and we're not in the phase of resting players - we want to build our cohesion ... we want to play our best footy and Max is a big part of that.

"It's round nine - there's so much footy ahead of us ... there will be opportunities in time to look at our situation and look at our injury list and look at our players.

"But at the moment, it's round nine ... there's so much improvement we need as a footy team."

As the Demons continue their barnstorming premiership defence, Goodwin remains confident star wingman Angus Brayshaw will sign a new contract and stay beyond this season.

"I hope he doesn't think too long (about his future). He's a pretty important player to us and someone we love dearly," Goodwin said.

"Both parties have been really open about sitting down at the right time, which is coming up shortly.

"What I do know about Angus, he has enormous pride in the development of our footy club.

"I expect him to be a player at the Melbourne footy club for a long time. We'll always be indebted to Angus Brayshaw for what he's given to Melbourne."

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