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Stynes upbeat as he addresses fans

Roger Vaughan 03/02/2011 10:00:20 PM Comments (0)

Jim Stynes declared his health was "all good at the moment" as the AFL great made his first major public appearance in more than four months.

The Melbourne president and Brownlow Medallist was upbeat as he addressed members at the Demons' annual general meeting on Tuesday night at the MCG.

Stynes' well-documented cancer battle continued last month when he had brain surgery to remove a tumour.

"My health, it's all good at the moment, I had a little tumour taken out, a dead one, which was causing a bit of swelling - obviously (that) means you can't do much," Stynes said.

"Now I can get back and start cycling and swimming and boxing, doing all the things you want to do.

"I just got out of hospital, I've been in and out of different hospitals for the last three or four weeks.

"So it's good to get back here, where it's all happening, the real place to be, the MCG."

Stynes joked that his six-year-old son Tiernan also wanted to do some boxing.

"Hopefully he'll be good, a lot better than me, anyway - I was no good at punching," he said.

The Melbourne members gave their popular president a big ovation as he entered the room.

It was the first time Stynes had spoken at a public function since his tribute at last year's Brownlow Medal.

Stynes has been fighting cancer since mid-2009 and a confronting television documentary was screened last year, detailing how he is taking on the illness.

Since becoming Melbourne president in 2008, Stynes has also led a dramatic reduction in their crippling financial debt, while the team last year also started showing improvement.

Stynes made it clear that the club's administration now expects much stronger on-field performances.

"We've stabilised the club and now we're going to start looking for results," he said.

"Now we're going to ask for a bit more from everyone."

The Demons are aiming for a record membership this year of 40,000, which they say will mean attracting 10,000 new members.

"This is a really important stand for this football club, that we hit this 40,000 (milestone)," Stynes said.

Stynes thanked the Melbourne fans for the support they had shown him during his illness and, in turn, remembered the victims of the flood and storm crises over the last few weeks.

"We wish all these families and people all the best, we're thinking of them," he said.

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