Demons star returns to WA
Melbourne have revealed Kysaiah Pickett has returned to Western Australia due to a family bereavement and will get all the time and support he needs.
The forward will return home to WA following the passing of his mother and is only expected to return to Melbourne at some point in March.
The Demons are already lacking bodies in their forward line as both Ben Brown and Sam Weideman will miss the opening month of the season through injury.
It is hoped Pickett will be fit and ready for round one but of course family comes first and the Demons will assess the situation as the weeks progress.
"'Kozzie' will be away for a little while, unfortunately and condolences to his family, his mother passed away," Demons football boss Alan Richardson told SEN on Monday.
"He's committed to go back and the funeral is late February, early March and he'll be back till then. When he feels it's the right time to leave the family he'll come back.
"We're incredibly supportive of whatever Kozzie thinks is the right thing and certainly his family think is the right thing we'll support that.
"It looks like it'll still be a couple of weeks until he's back, he'll train and then he'll still have a couple of weeks before round one."
Richardson has also confirmed Majak Daw will train with the club and could be handed a place on the list for 2021.
"We really needed someone that we think is a chance to play for us early," Richardson added. "We think Majak has the attributes to support us in a couple of areas."
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