Jake Melksham

Image DOB: 29 August 1991

MFC Debut: Round 1, 2017 vs St Kilda at Docklands

From: Oak Park/Calder Cannons/Penleigh/Essendon, trade for 2015 National Draft selection #25

Number: 18 (2017-)

Games: 94* (208* total to end 2022)
Goals: 103* (160 total)
Career statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical categories led:
Equal most goal assists in a game: 4 - Round 1, 2019 and Round 4, 2019

Selected at #10 in the 2009 National Draft, Melksham spent six years with the Bombers before being traded to Melbourne. He missed the 2016 season while serving a ban as part of the penalties for Essendon's supplements regime. When he finally got to play for the Demons it was in defence, but after a rocky start where he was dropped for three weeks he returned as a forward and kicked goals in the last 12 games of the season.

Melksham played exclusively as a forward in 2018, contributing 32 goals in 23 games. Signed a contract extension before the 2019 season tying him to the club until the end of 2022. Had an interrupted 2019 campaign when a broken foot suffered in Round 8 kept him out until Round 20. His 2021 season was delayed by a pre-season hamstring injury, and couldn't cement a spot in the side when he returned. Melksham played nine games between Round 3 and Round 12, then only twice more before missing the finals campaign.

He remained a fringe player at the start of 2022, only playing three of the first 11 matches, then not again until Round 18. In this time he injured his hand in an altercation with teammate Steven May. Once he got back in the side, Melksham played out the year in the seniors, appearing in the last eight games of the season, including two finals, and registering his equal goal tally in a Melbourne game with four against Carlton in Round 22. He then returned to the VFL, to help Casey win the premiership with four Grand Final goals.

2017 19210
2018 23324
2019 12150
2020 17150
2021 1280
2022 11121


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