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Dom Tyson not fazed by Kelly comparisons

Tyson's classy crunch-time finish The new Demon kicks a brilliant late goal from the stoppage
Dom Tyson of the Demons in action during the 2014 AFL round 01 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on March 22, 2014. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Dom Tyson has made an impact in his early days at Melbourne
I probably have been surprised by the immediate impact he's had
Melbourne coach Paul Roos on Dom Tyson
MELBOURNE gave up plenty to prise the highly touted Dom Tyson away from Greater Western Sydney, but the inevitable comparisons with Giant Josh Kelly don't faze the new Demon. 

Melbourne was so keen on Tyson that they parted with pick No. 2 in last year's NAB AFL Draft to land him. The deal also involved the swapping of picks 20 and 72, while the Demons received Tyson and picks nine (Christian Salem) and pick 53.

Kelly wound up at the Giants with the second pick in the draft, inevitably leading to the start of endless career comparisons with Tyson.

"You can only control how you're going. If Josh (Kelly) is playing good footy then that's great, but [the comparison] doesn't really bother me," Tyson told AFL.com.au.

The Tyson-Kelly link became less relevant when Demons coach Paul Roos publicly stated that his club would not have chosen Kelly if they held on to pick No. 2 in last year's draft.

"We actually didn't have Josh Kelly (ranked) as No. 2. So we wouldn't have taken him with pick two anyway," Roos told Triple M in April.

Regardless, Roos believes Tyson is developing at a faster rate than even he envisaged.

"I probably have been surprised by the immediate impact he's had," Roos told AFL.com.au.

"He's a great student of the game which really helps him, and he's been working really hard on the defensive side of his game as well."

Originally selected with pick No. 3 by the Giants in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft, Tyson managed 13 games in two years at the fledgling club.

Tyson's progress was hindered by injuries and the competitive environment that came with being just one of a number of early Giants' draft picks, but the 20-year-old is relishing his opportunity now he's home in Melbourne.

"Eventually I was going to try to get home (to Melbourne) in my career. It obviously happened a little bit earlier than I thought it would have," Tyson said.

"But 'Roosy' and the Melbourne staff were keen to have a meeting, and I was open-minded after a difficult year with injuries.

"For me, coming home I'm closer to my brothers and family and friends."

No longer dealing with the burden of trying to leap ahead of his contemporaries at the Giants, Tyson has relished the opportunity to progress naturally.

A pure ball winner, he has started to take some pressure off co-captain Nathan Jones in the midfield.

It's also a key reason why Tyson, Salem and Jay Kennedy-Harris are making important contributions in Melbourne's gradual turnaround.

"We've tried to change our footy club to not rely on kids," Roos said.

"It's been something that's been seen here for a long time, and what we really want to do is make them earn their spots.

"Maybe because we've done that, they've been a lot better prepared coming into senior footy."