Having locked up a top-four spot on Monday night Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin will look to rest “sore” to ensure his side is at its physical peak and ready to play its best football when the finals series starts.
Breaking the longest premiership drought in the AFL is a dizzying proposition for the Demons, who withstood a delay for lightning and then a late West Coast surge to beat the Eagles by nine points in Perth on Monday night.
The win came in wet, slippery, physical conditions before the players hopped the red-eye flight back to Melbourne ahead of a clash with 17th placed Adelaide this weekend.
Goodwin wants to continue building a winning culture at the Demons that can be maintained beyond this season.
But he knows that with a double chance in the finals now secured, immediate aims could mean more focused planning.
“We just want to keep building a winning culture; that‘s what…