Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn at Melbourne training in March 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

BRODIE Grundy may be itching to settle the score with his former team but Melbourne captain Max Gawn believes the Sydney recruit doesn't need to prove himself in the season opener.

Seven months after the Demons pulled the pin on their bold attempt to partner him with Gawn, Grundy will line up at the SCG on Thursday night as the Swans' No.1 ruck for their Opening Round blockbuster.

The move came after the two-time All-Australian was initially squeezed out of Collingwood in 2022 because of salary cap pressure.

Grundy has so far impressed at his third club in three years, shining in last week's practice match against Brisbane.

Asked whether he believes Grundy will have an axe to grind at their reunion, Gawn was candid.

"I presume he will," Gawn said on Wednesday.

"Anyone who's gone out of two teams now and found a new place and won a chance to play (the) first game of the year against your old team, I feel like that might be a bit of the thought process going into the game.

"But he doesn't need to prove anything to me and I dare say he doesn't need to prove a thing to his teammates or the AFL community. He seems happy."

Brodie Grundy during Sydney's training session on February 16, 2024. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Recruited by Melbourne to work in tandem with Gawn, Grundy was ultimately dropped and missed out on a finals appearance last year after the Dees found they functioned better with Gawn as the sole ruckman.

Still, the Melbourne skipper expects a tough battle ahead when he goes head-to-head with his former teammate.

"There might be a stalemate in the end because we know each other's strengths and weaknesses quite well," Gawn said.

"I'm sure there's going to be moments where we're going to see Brodie at his best and hopefully, they're just moments.

"I wouldn't mind him being best-on-ground but us winning by 20 or 30 points."

Dane Rampe and Max Gawn pose during the Opening Round media opportunity at Circular Quay on March 6, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

Grundy will not be the only Swan having a Thursday night reunion.

Former Demons midfielder James Jordon will make his debut in the red and white after impressing in the pre-season.

Moving interstate after failing to land a permanent spot in Simon Goodwin's best 22, the unused 2021 premiership substitute starred in the trial game against the Lions.

James Jordon in action at Sydney training on February 7, 2024. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Sydney stalwart Dane Rampe said the 23-year-old has "made a difference" since arriving in the harbour city.

"He's probably snuck under the radar. He couldn't have impressed any more," Rampe said.

"Nothing seems to faze him. He's provided a great bit of depth and probably a little bit of experience as well.

"You can get stuck in your ways and that's why we embrace having Brodie and James come in because they offer a different perspective."