Jake Melksham


#2501

Or you can just acknowledge that as a player he has kicked on more since he departed. He was a serial underachiever at EFC, but has taken his game to new levels. He is hardly recognizable these days, such has been his transformation. l was not sad to see him go, but he has definitely kicked on.


#2502

Agreed. Pretty much impossible to say he hasn’t improved significantly since leaving the bombers.


#2503

I’d perhaps agree but we traded a pick from them last year, so we want them to finish as low as possible.


#2504

Ryder, Hibbo, Gus aren’t exactly setting the world on fire right now.


#2505

Probably the only trade we lost out on.

Alex bl00dy Morgan…


#2506

Errr, it was Redman


#2507

Melkshkam


#2508

Melksham would be one of the best passes inside 50 in the AFL. Flat, hard and low. But we never tried him in this role, did we? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they lost the games he was out injured. Although Hibbo was out too.


#2509

Oh… Well thats better :grinning:


#2510

He played a lot of footy at half forward under Hird, and he always looked lost.

Looked better on the ball with us, and even off half back (where Melbourne originally tried him.)

Just like Caddy… Looks like forward was his gig all along. Good on him.


#2511

Was talking to a Melbourne supporter about Jake yesterday. He reckons it was a complete fluke they started playing him up forward. Last year they tried him in the midfield and then down back before sending him to the VFL for a stint. It only when they brought him back as a forward he showed something and ended up kicking over 20 goals in 10 games. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and it maybe Goody got it here.


#2512

Makes sense, pretty sure when they recruited him they earmarked him for a half back role


#2513

WSPHU love this guy. Getting a free off Ducker Selwood. Give this man an award


#2514

Spot on


#2515

Melksham in the middle


#2516

Pretty sure he did ok kicking goals with us. A memorable win against the cats with him kicking the nail in coffin goal


#2517

Yep he sure did and glad he’s kicked on with Melbourne. I’m positive I heard some interviews with Goodwin where he mentioned that he was recruited with the idea of a back role, but looks like he’s found his role up forward


#2518

He always loved a goal and was a great kick inside 50. I’m not sure why we didn’t play him in a more attacking role.


#2519

Onya melk.
Deserved it.


#2520

Apparently, it’s because he didn’t ask. Players need to tell their coaches where they want to play, otherwise, they miss out. It’s all about life-choices.