MELBOURNE captain Nathan Jones says seeing Jack Trengove play his first game in almost two years on Friday would be an inspiration.
Trengove is preparing to line up in an intraclub game for Melbourne affiliate Casey following the Demons' training session on Friday.
It will be his first competitive hit-out since a serious foot injury sustained in round two, 2014 that resulted in two surgeries on his navicular bone.
Jones has been teammates with Trengove since the 24-year-old was taken at number two in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft by the Demons.
He said he was "super excited" to see Trengove return.
"He's the ultimate professional with his recovery and one of the club's great blokes," Jones said.
"He hasn't played footy in over two years and at one stage it looked like it could have been all over.
"He's continued to tick every single box and the main thing is how he's been able to deal with that mentally.
"His personality hasn't shifted, he hasn't dropped his head, he's stayed positive the whole time and to see him get his chance and run out there this week … to play a game again is going to provide some real inspiration to the group.
"Hopefully it's not too far away that he can find some form and we can see him back at AFL level."