James Aish says he would be excited by the prospect of helping turn around the Demons' prospects
A DISASTROUS season from Melbourne isn't enough to scare potential top-five draftee James Aish away.
The Demons have won just two games this season and sit second last on the ladder; the silver lining of such a finish is the second overall pick at the next NAB AFL Draft.
If the club gets its way and is gifted a priority pick from the AFL, it would be able to double dip early in the draft.
Aish had been touted as a possible No.1 pick, but a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery has seen him slide a little in draft predictions.
Flanked by his South Australia under-18 captain Luke Dunstan and teammate Matt Scharenberg, Aish said he'd be thrilled to play with any side that picked him.
He said local players only had to look to Alberton to see how quickly fortunes could turn in the AFL.
"All teams have a slump and then they get out of it and become successful again," Aish said.
"One thing is it'd be exciting to be a part of that and help them achieve better success in the future.
"I think all clubs have the same core and they're all just a great place to be.
"No one really expected [the Power] to be where they are at the moment and they're pushing finals, so it's exciting for them."
South Australia's coach Brenton Phillips said as many as 18 players from his champion side could find their way onto AFL lists.
While he admitted he's had better "top end talent" in the under-18 squad in the past, the championship-winning unit was the best team he's coached in the national carnival.
Phillips said Aish, Scharenberg and Dunstan could all be snared within the first 10 picks.
Harry Thring is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Harry