MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Jeremy Howe of the Demons congratulates Jesse Hogan of the Demons on a goal during the 2015 AFL round 16 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Melbourne is still looking for their first grand final appearance since 2000, although despite falling one hurdle short in 2018, look to have taken a step back this season.

The Dees are 3-7, and have been a shadow of the side that willed their way to a preliminary final last year.

The club has turned over list after list since 2000, and while many of the decisions they made on players were the right ones, these eight below have certainly come back to hurt them.


8. Lynden Dunn

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The Demons struggled to find a suitable role throughout Dunn’s career at Melbourne.

Starting his football career as a tagger after going 15th in the 2004 draft, Dunn was soon moved both forward and back and struggled to cope under frequent changes in coaching at the Dees.

Dunn finished his career with the Demons playing a majority of his games for Casey Demons, before being traded to Collingwood in the 2016 trade period with pick 51 for the Magpies’ third-round pick.

Dunn’s career to date with Collingwood has seen a rejuvenation in defence under Nathan Buckley and now features in the Magpies’ leadership group.

Lynden Dunn of the Demons handballs during the round 19 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 9, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)