MELBOURNE is yet to settle on a preferred home away from home in the finals as it prepares to recall three stars in pursuit of the minor premiership in Geelong.
The ladder-leading Demons, hunting their first premiership and minor premiership since 1964, tackle the second-placed Cats in Geelong on Saturday night.
Coach Simon Goodwin confirmed prime movers Steven May, Jack Viney and Tom McDonald will return this weekend, vowing his club "won't be hiding anything" for the high-stakes finals dress rehearsal.
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Victory will guarantee Melbourne finish the regular season in top spot but the ensuing reward of hosting two finals is set to be diminished by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Goodwin noted his club hasn't "been told a lot, other than to plan for anything" regarding finals scheduling, yet all but confirmed the League will initially bypass the MCG and force finalists to play at venues able to host fans.
"We're pretty clear there is a hunt for crowds around Australia," Goodwin said.
"If at any stage in the finals series there comes a chance, when the MCG is available and we can play in front of fans ... we'll take that opportunity.
"But I think that choice is initially away from us. We'll come up with what's best for us a footy cub (then select a home ground).
"They're things we will discuss, after this weekend, with the hierarchy of the club."
The AFL is in talks with several states outside Victoria about the Grand Final and other matches throughout September.
Goodwin wasn't fazed "one iota" by the potential inequality presented in coming weeks.
"If they (Port Adelaide and Brisbane) earn the right for a home final, they should have that right," he said.
"The first thing for us as a footy club is to focus on finishing as high as we can.
"We have been told the higher you finish, the more choice you'll have as a home team."
Melbourne and Geelong could clash in week one of the finals if Chris Scott's side triumph this weekend and Port Adelaide record a big win over Western Bulldogs and leapfrog the Cats on percentage.
Goodwin acknowledged the prospect of a rematch at some point in finals but added it won't affect how the Demons attack Saturday night.
"We want to continue building momentum," he said.
"We won't be resting players unless they're sore.
"We're going to try to play our best footy.
"Building a winning culture and mindset means a lot to me. If that means we end up winning the minor premiership then it's an outstanding achievement.
"We've got bigger things we want to achieve."