Melbourne Demons midfielder Jack Trengove has been forced to end his 2015 campaign due to ongoing injury issues.
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Trengove has played just 81 games in his six-year career and has not played a game since April last year after scans on his foot revealed a crack in his navicular bone.
The injury-prone Demon told Triple M radio that he made the decision not to rush back, instead concentrating on making a return in the 2016 pre-season.
“I saw the surgeon a few weeks ago now and I think it’s the end of this season for me,” Trengove said.
“We’ve got time on our side to just get it right and get it as strong as possible.
“Looking to get everything fit and healthy for the start of next pre-season.
“In the whole scheme of things it’s not really worth it rushing it and potentially hampering things for the future.”
Trengove’s proposed trade to Richmond at the end of 2014 was called off after he reportedly failed a medical at Punt Road.
Melbourne face Greater Western Sydney on Saturday and will be gunning for a 2-0 record to begin 2015.
Demons coach Paul Roos will welcome back Chris Dawes and Bernie Vince into the side in what promises to be a tight encounter in Canberra.