Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney says they have not let the 2021 premiership success go to their heads and the standards they set have been stronger than ever during pre-season.
The Demons ended their premiership drought when beating the Western Bulldogs in last season’s grand final and are priced at 13/4 to go back-to-back in 2022.
It was 57 years since the Demons last won the premiership and it has been suggested that they may have taken their eye off the ball over the summer.
However Viney says that is not the case and as they prepare to face the Bulldogs again on Wednesday night in round of the new season, they are fired up and ready to go.
"Nothing is guaranteed for this season and we're going to have plenty of challenges thrown at us, starting this Wednesday night," Viney told reporters on Monday. "That's (premiership hangover) the worry coming into a preseason where you've achieved the ultimate.
"I haven't seen anything to suggest that this preseason. I've been really happy with the training standards and the amount of work we've put in so really excited to get a crack."
Over 80,000 supporters are expected to pack into the MCG on Wednesday night and the Bulldogs will have to watch on once again as the Demons celebrate their grand final success.
"We'll pay respect to Melbourne unveiling their flag, and deservedly so, but it's just exciting to play in front of a big crowd and see everyone back at the footy," Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore said.
"It was a pretty hard second-half last year, but I think it'll be good for the game and it will be a good atmosphere and start the battle early."