AFL 2024; Christian Petracca not sure if Clayton Oliver performs opening spherical

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Melbourne gun Christian Petracca is adamant troubled teammate Clayton Oliver will “combine quickly” with the principle group at coaching however couldn’t decide to a gap spherical look as he continues to handle points which compelled him to step away from the membership throughout pre-season.

Oliver, who on Tuesday was fined for driving whereas suspended within the Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom, having taken to the highway within the days after a seizure which ended with him in hospital, took prolonged depart by way of the pre-season to take care of private points.

The 26-year-old, a three-time All Australian, premiership participant and a four-time membership finest and fairest, returned to coaching final week becoming a member of the rehab group on the Demons with a view to becoming a member of the principle group quickly.

Petracca mentioned the gamers and workers on the Demons had been excited to see Oliver again however getting “in control” with modifications Melbourne has made having missed a lot time, albeit whereas coaching away from the membership, might influence his availability for the March 7 season opener towards Sydney.

“He’ll combine quickly, however it’s very nice to see him again with us boys and being round us,” he mentioned on Tuesday.

“If you’ve been away from the membership for just a few months, clearly there’s new issues that we’ve improved on and tried to get higher at.

“However he’s a fairly good participant so I feel he’ll come in control with that.”

There was one thing of a circus round Oliver which included intense hypothesis about him being traded on the finish of final season, in addition to his hospital incident, and ongoing battles with points.

However Petracca insisted it wasn’t a distraction for the membership or the gamers who needed the perfect for his or her buddy and teammate.

“I really feel just like the membership has achieved a extremely good job in the previous few months of managing every thing,” he mentioned.

“I haven’t been pissed off in any respect – it’s a part of the footy business and we perceive that there’s issues that we will’t management and media are going to touch upon issues.

When he comes into the staff, he’s one in every of us and we deal with him like one in every of us.”

Petracca mentioned there was no hassle in focusing for the participant after a straight-sets finals exit in 2023 and the necessity to get higher, with or with out Oliver, to make sure there was no repeat this season.

“With us, 95 per cent of the stuff we’re doing rather well – contest, defence and our offence,” he mentioned.

“There’s little doubt we’ve obtained to enhance in just a few issues and we’re taking a look at these issues, tinkering with just a few issues, we’re attempting to vary and adapt.

“The AFL is continually evolving with new sport types, we’ll work at these.

“The previous few years have been irritating however I’m a fairly optimistic particular person and I see there’s solely methods to enhance and get higher.”

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