Melbourne’s 2019 season was completely derailed by injuries.
So much so coach Simon Goodwin told SEN late in the season that the year was “a complete wipe-out”.
The Dees slumped to 17th on the ladder this year and new Melbourne head of high performance Darren Burgess believes there wasn’t much the club could have done about the situation.
“Having done a lot of research on what happened last year there was a lot of comment about their fitness or lack of, the surgery just kills you,” he told SEN Breakast.
“When you’ve got 17 or 18 players in surgery and 16 were in their best 22, it just kills you.”
Burgess, who has built a reputation in the English Premier League with Liverpool and Arsenal, said the Demons are in a much better place going into 2020.
“They’re looking significantly better,” he said.
“So this year there’s only been maybe three or four and probably only one or two whose pre-seasons are going to be delayed a little bit so we are in much better shape than last year.”
Burgess has previous AFL experience, following two stints with Port Adelaide.