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Demons still unfinished product

Demons coach Earl Spalding says his group has plenty of work to do despite their unbeaten fortnight to start the WAFL season.

Perth have defeated young sides in Peel Thunder and East Perth in the opening two rounds of the abridged WAFL season but Spalding doesn't believe that the matches would seduce his side into a false sense of security.

"I don't think any of us are totally satisfied with our game, I think our offense has been very good but defensively and around a few of our stoppages we've still got a fair bit of work to do." Spalding said.

The senior coach said his side got caught out and were scored against too easy at times but agreed it was the risk when trying to play attacking footy.

"Yeah as coaches you always want it perfect don't you. You want to be scoring heaps and not being scored against. But to actually take the game on it comes with risk and you have to be prepared to cop it a bit and at the end of the day the proofs in the scoreboard."

Logan McDonald booted four goals on the weekend in just his second league game and Spalding was quick to sing his praises.

"He's just so smart, that's the thing you get to see at training and we got too recognise pretty early on his footy smarts for a kid his age is just unbelievable.

Chris Masten, Andrew Fisher and Brady Grey were key inclusions to the Demons side in the off-season and Spalding believes they bring a sense of "calmness" with their experience.

"Their ability to direct around them and get people set up the way we want, we've sort of had that bit of a gulf in our leadership but we've got a young leadership group who are improving in that area so these guys have come along and given them a huge helping hand."

Perth came away unscathed injury wise from the clash against the Royals but will miss skipper Corey Yeo (knee) for the entire season and Corey Byrne (illness) for majority of the year.

"His (Corey) speed and ability to burst out the front of stoppages plus his use of the ball inside 50 is generally pretty good. He's an outside chance of the back end of the year and finals to play he might be in the mix for them."

Perth have a bye this weekend before taking on East Fremantle down at Shark Park.

IMAGE: The West Australian


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