Contract talks are the last thing on the mind of Melbourne Demons coach Paul Roos.
The former AFL premiership coach says he is focused on preparing his beleaguered side to face Greater Western Sydney on Sunday and not his long-term future.
It has been suggested that Roos could give the club a much-needed boost by taking up the option of a third year on his contract with Melbourne.
Roos said his thoughts hadn’t changed because of their disappointing 93-point loss to West Coast.
“It doesn’t change for me … the role was discussed with the board and Peter Jackson, the CEO,” Roos said.
“I think people get a bit too far ahead of themselves.
“I’m not really worried about year three. I’m worried about next week against the Giants and trying to get the club going in the right direction.
“That’s my main focus and that’s what it has to be.”
The coach has forecast changes to the line-up, although they will still be down on key forwards with Chris Dawes and Jesse Hogan a month away.
Ruckman Mark Jamar will return from a foot injury through the club’s VFL affiliate Casey this weekend.
Roos was backed by co-captain Jack Grimes, who said the players hadn’t discussed the coach’s contract situation.
“We’re two weeks into a 22-game season and there’s no talk about that at all amongst the players,” Grimes said.
“There’s a fair bit of other things to talk about from the weekend.”
Fellow skipper Nathan Jones said their match review had been “long and pretty confronting”.
“It burns and it’s really hard to swallow, but with footy you get another opportunity,” Jones said.
He said GWS, who won their last encounter by 37 points, were deserved favourites.
“I think where we’re coming from and where we are at, any team’s going to be a challenge.
“It’s a great time to get up there away from Melbourne and try to galvanise as a group.”
The trio were at the MCG for the launch of this year’s Field of Women, which will be held on May 10, when 15,000 people will gather on the playing field in the shape of the iconic Pink Lady.
A joint initiative of the AFL and the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), it will be held in round eight when the pink-clad Demons host the Western Bulldogs.