Murray Bushrangers captain Nick Mellington has earned a call-up to play two games for Richmond in VFL.DAMEN FRANCIS June 27, 2014 3:15am
When one door won’t open, try another.
Murray Bushrangers captain Nick Mellington has not been able to force his way into Victoria Country’s team for the AFL Under-18 Championships, but his stellar TAC Cup form has earned him a two-match VFL stint at Richmond.
Mellington, 18, will line up for the Tigers in their clash against Collingwood at Morwell tomorrow and against Casey Scorpions at Punt Road Oval the following weekend.
The inside midfielder played arguably his best game of the season last weekend, racking up 32 possessions and nine tackles in the Bushrangers’ 32-point defeat to Geelong Falcons, and was looking forward to the VFL opportunity.
‘‘It’s taken me a while to find some form, but the last few weeks I’ve started to string some good games together and if I can take that to the next level that would be perfect,’’ Mellington said.
‘‘If not I just want to go there and play a role and fit in as much as I can.
‘‘It’s just another opportunity to try and impress someone and it’s not great to leave the Bushies, but the whole program is about developing, so if that’s the best thing to do I’m more than happy to do it.’’
Mellington joins former Bushrangers Cadeyn Williams (Cobram) and Anthony Miles (Howlong) at the Tigers, but the latter is likely to play for the club’s AFL team.
Having missed out on the initial Country squad, Mellington was drafted in ahead of the second clash with Victoria Metro, only to be named an emergency.
‘‘To get that close and not get in is obviously disappointing and the hardest thing was to turn that into a motivator,’’ he said.
‘‘Once I could do that and put it in the back of my mind, rather than let it hinder me, my form has done the talking for me the last couple of weeks.’’
Mellington’s role in the Richmond side was dependent on which AFL players the club was left with, but he was earmarked for a role in a wing-half-forward rotation, giving him an opportunity to work on his outside play.
Mellington’s brother Josh plays VFL for Essendon and the pair hopes to play a game together for home club Benalla later this year.
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