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Melbourne Demons coach Simon Goodwin expects decision from Luke Jackson on his future next week

Melbourne big man Luke Jackson will have to make a final decision on whether to walk out on the Demons on the back of two of his quietest games as they bombed out in straight sets.

Jackson, a key player in last year’s grand final triumph over the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium, had seven and nine disposals in Melbourne’s finals defeats to Sydney and Brisbane. He took two marks during the finals series and went goalless.

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes labelled the West Australian’s “reputation is higher than his performance”.

“Luke Jackson plays one good game in every 12,” Cornes said on SEN.

“His reputation is higher than his performance and it seems harsh but that’s what happens when massive rival deals come and you decide to put off contract talks.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jayden Hunt and Luke Jackson of the Demons look on during the VFL Preliminary Final match between Casey Demons and Brisbane Lions at Casey Fields on September 10, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)
Camera IconLuke Jackson watched on at the Casey Demons’ VFL final as he weighs up his future. Credit: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

“He would be a bit embarrassed about some of his physical efforts on Friday night. He was in a good enough position to mark the footy a couple of times and he wasn’t physical enough.”

While Fremantle have long been viewed as favourites to win Jackson after lodging a long-term, multi-million offer, the 20-year-old is understood to be weighing up a short-term extension from Melbourne that would allow him to reconsider his future in two years.

Former Melbourne star Gerard Healy believes the Dockers will miss out.

“It’s been my tip the whole way through that he will stay at Melbourne,” Healy said on SEN.

“Melbourne believe it’s not a certainty that he goes home.”

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