While the moves coincide with the arrival of former Port Adelaide high-performance chief Burgess – who is returning to Australia from a stint with English Premier League club Arsenal – it’s believed they are not directly the result of him joining the Demons.
Melbourne’s football department chief Josh Mahoney took the chance to review the club’s high-performance structure and system after elite-performance manager Dave Misson decided that he would not continue with the club beyond the end of this year. Misson is moving to Canada with his family, having joined the Demons at the end of 2010 after previously working with Sydney, St Kilda, and the Australian cricket team.
There is also change in the club’s football department, with the Dees announcing last week that mentoring coach Brendan McCartney is leaving the club after five years. The former Western Bulldogs senior coach had been one of several assistant coaches involved in a radical midseason coaching shuffle.
May’s turbulent first season at AAMI Park has reached a conclusion after scans confirmed he had torn a hamstring in Saturday’s loss to Collingwood at the MCG.
Traded from Gold Coast at the end of last season, the former Suns co-captain played just eight AFL games for the Dees this year, plagued by general conditioning, groin and hamstring troubles. Suspended for the opening round of the season, May hurt a groin against Geelong in round two and didn’t appear again until round 12, infamously apologising to teammates after drinking while injured in early May.
“Following a scan after the game, we have confirmed that Steven suffered a hamstring strain during the fourth quarter against Collingwood on Saturday,” Mahoney said on the club’s website.
“With only two weeks remaining in the season, Steven will obviously not play again this year.
“While Steven has had a disjointed first season with the club, we have seen how important he will be to our defensive structure and look forward to him being available for day one of our 2020 pre-season campaign in November.”
Preliminary finalists last year, the Dees had a glut of post-season surgeries and lingering injury issues this year, tumbling to 17th on the ladder, ahead of only the Suns.