Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney feels Sam Frost’s role can be adequately covered following his move to Hawthorn.
Frost was traded to the Hawks along picks 42, 61 and a future fourth-round selection with the Demons receiving pick 50 and Hawthorn's future second-round selection.
The key defender finished on 91 games for the Dees and finished ninth in the club’s best and fairest.
“Sam did a great job for us this year and he played a really important role for us,” Mahoney told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.
“But we have to take into consideration what next year looks like and what the future years look like. We think we’ve got a number of players that can play in our backline.
“We’ve got Neville Jetta that didn’t play at all last year, Michael Hibberd and Marty Hore, so there’s a lot of players that we think can play in the backline and play the role that Sam played this year.”
Mahoney says the additions of Adam Tomlinson and Ed Langdon will address a major deficiency on Melbourne's list.
“We just didn’t have any natural wingers,” he said.
“It’s a very particular role and they’re such important link players between your attack and your defence – and we tried over 15 players on the wing this year and no one really nailed that position.
“To be able to bring in two players that have played that role for the majority of their careers so far, we think is going to really add to the mix that we’ve got.”
Melbourne will seek a major improvement on their 17th-place finish last year.
Listen to Josh Mahoney on Telstra AFL Trade Radio in the player below