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Future still uncertain for star Dees duo

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Melbourne premiership stars Angus Brayshaw and Luke Jackson are coming off contract this year, and the club faces a fight to retain them both.

ANGUS BRAYSHAW. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne free agent Angus Brayshaw is loving life in defence and says his future role at the Demons will play a big part in his decision to re-sign or not.

Brayshaw made a name for himself as a gun inside midfielder early in his career, but he was forced to play a more sacrificial wing role during the club's charge to the premiership last year.

This season Brayshaw has thrived off half back, and it's a position where the 26-year-old is keen to stay.

Brayshaw becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season and he's still yet to make a final decision on his future.

"It doesn't take a genius to figure out this is the most important decision I've got to make and it's one I'm not taking lightly at all," Brayshaw told SEN.

"I've got a heap of due diligence to do to feel comfortable about the decision I make. I obviously haven't made it yet.

"I understand time is running out on the clock and people are speculating, but I'm not making the decision for any of them.

"The decision is going to be what's best for me and I'll make it when I'm ready."

If the Demons want to retain Brayshaw then guaranteeing him a spot in defence will no doubt play a crucial role.

"I've heard all sorts of different theories about where I play my best footy," Brayshaw said.

"They're all interesting, but I'm really loving playing on the half back flank this year. I've absolutely loved being part of that group and playing there.

"It absolutely comes into calculations, that's undeniable, so that's something we're talking about behind the scenes and thinking about."

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin is confident Brayshaw will be ready to tackle any role that's required of him.

"Angus has been really clear that he'll do whatever he needs to do for what the Melbourne footy club needs," Goodwin said.

"He's been really strong in that space, he's executed every role we've given him.

"He's been put at half back this year and actually thrived in that space.

"I'm sure wherever we play Angus in the years moving forward, he's going to be a very fine player for Melbourne."

Goodwin was asked tongue in cheek whether he will keep Luke Jackson by his side at all times during the club's trip to Perth for Friday night's blockbuster against Fremantle.

The Dockers are attempting to lure Perth-born Jackson their way on a lucrative deal, and the out-of-contract ruckman could use the trip back home to further investigate what a move to Fremantle would entail

"We're giving Luke as much time in terms of making his decision," Goodwin said.

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