Simon Goodwin during Melbourne's match against Fremantle in round 20, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

COACH Simon Goodwin has no issue with Melbourne ruckman Brodie Grundy meeting with Port Adelaide about a potential trade only days out from the finals.

Apart from one game back in the seniors in round 22, dual All-Australian Grundy has been toiling away in the Demons' VFL team for close to two months.

Grundy was offloaded by Collingwood to Melbourne at the end of last year for salary-cap reasons, with the ruck teaming up with fellow star big man Max Gawn at the Demons in a blockbuster move.

However, Melbourne has functioned better in the second half of the season with Gawn as the sole ruckman, leaving Grundy without a spot.

Brodie Grundy at Melbourne training at Gosch's Paddock, September 6, 2023. Picture: Getty Images

The 29-year-old spoke with Port last week about moving to his third club in as many years.

With Port finishing the season third on the ladder, the fourth-placed Demons have a strong chance of facing the Power later in the finals series, but Goodwin says he's comfortable with his player meeting with Port.

"No issue from my end," Goodwin said on Wednesday. "We're a mature industry now.

"There are probably 50 players around the league that would be meeting with different clubs at this time of year. It's pretty common place in the industry these days."


Goodwin and Grundy haven't directly spoken about the big man's future at the club but the Demons' hierarchy are aware of the player's desire to be featuring regularly at the top level.

"Brodie's a professional footballer," Grundy said.

"He knows he's got a four-year contract and he knows he's going to keep pushing this year to play finals footy.

"We're across what's going on around there.

"Our list manager and the managers are involved and we understand what's going on.

"I don't need to have that conversation with Brodie, I know what he does from a day-to-day perspective.

"I know he's going to train to a really high level and be ready to perform."

Melbourne open their finals campaign against minor premiers Collingwood at the MCG on Thursday night.