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Speed Demon draws high praise from Roos

Roos praises third-year Demon Paul Roos discusses the rise of Jayden Hunt
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Jayden Hunt of the Demons in action during the 2016 AFL Round 15 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 3, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jayden Hunt has drawn high praise from his coach
At the start of the year you wouldn't have thought he'd get to the level that he got to today
Paul Roos on Jayden Hunt

JAYDEN Hunt may have only had 14 disposals against Adelaide, but the shaggy blonde-haired Melbourne youngster certainly caught the eye of his coach Paul Roos.

"You look at the stats and he only had 12 [sic] possessions but it's as good a 12-possession game as I think I've ever seen," Roos said,

In just his 11th AFL game, Hunt was just about the Demons' most influential player with his blazing pace allowing him to break the game open on numerous occasions in his side's 22-point loss against the Crows at the MCG on Sunday.

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The 21-year-old, recruited with pick No.57 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, has finally put his injury worries behind him and is flourishing as a result.

Hunt was struck down by a long-term back injury in 2014, which carried through into the start of 2015.

Despite missing two games with a broken jaw towards the back end of 2015, the Demons offered him a one-year contract based on the potential he had shown while playing for the Casey Scorpions.

But after a strong start to 2016, thanks largely to an impressive pre-season, the Demons offered him a contract extension through to the end of 2018.

"He's really been building. At the start of the year you wouldn't have thought he'd get to the level that he got to today," Roos said.

"He was exceptional in the contest, exceptional at getting across the ground, helping his teammates, creating scoring opportunities and he kicked a goal himself."

Hunt's raw speed (he is the fastest player on Melbourne's list) was crucial in getting the Demons back into the contest, as Roos urged his players to take the game on to erase a 17-point quarter time deficit.

The youngster obliged, first backing himself to intercept mark in front of Crow Mitch McGovern and then run away from Tom Lynch to deliver to skipper Nathan Jones, which eventually led to a Ben Kennedy goal.

 

Then just minutes later he burned off Josh Jenkins, running through inside forward 50 to kick his first goal in AFL footy and give the Demons a one-point lead.

"He's a good learner, he listens really well and you see today that he's starting to become a really competent AFL player," Roos said.

The Demons gave up control of the match after half-time and were unable to stop Adelaide's four-goal burst in the space of five minutes to start the third term.

Roos said his side's inability to be consistent throughout the whole game was a source of constant frustration but an indicator of where they sit in their development.

"The better teams do it for longer and we can't quite get to that level right at the moment, over 120 minutes," Roos said.

"As you can see we can play some really good footy and put pressure on teams and we have the ability to rise at different times in the game."

"I think we're showing improvement, but there's definite frustration that we can't do it for longer."

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Melbourne now has a six-day break ahead of its clash with Fremantle in Darwin on Saturday night, and despite no new injuries, Roos said his match committee would look closely to see if changes needed to be made.

"We'll go in next week, pick a fit team, pick a healthy team and that's all you can really do," Roos said.