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Demons to ask AFL for priority pick

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Melbourne have asked the AFL for a priority selection in this year’s draft.

The Demons, who posted two wins in 2013, lobbied for a priority pick last year but were turned down by the AFL commission.

The club confirmed on Monday, a day after their worst performance under Paul Roos, they would again make the same request for “special assistance”.

“This is now a matter for the AFL commission to consider and because of that, we won’t be making any further comment,” Demons chief executive Peter Jackson said in a statement.

The league changed its rules governing the allocation of priority picks in February 2012.

Instead of looking purely at a club’s win-loss record, the commission now takes into account a multitude of factors.

The Demons crumbled to a 64-point loss to Greater Western Sydney at the MCG on Sunday, despite the Giants having one fit man on the bench during the whole second half.

Roos accused his players of putting the “cue in the rack” for the season, adding that the poor performance against a fellow bottom-four side was embarrassing and not up to AFL standard.

Melbourne enjoyed a relatively bright start to the season, posting wins over Carlton, Adelaide, Richmond and Essendon to double their 2013 tally.