Melbourne will ramp up their interest in wantaway Essendon defender Michael Hibberd at the end of the AFL season and not before.
The Demons have long been linked to the backman, who made public his desire to leave Essendon last week.
To date, he is the only one of 12 banned Bombers to declare they want out of the club home to the supplements scandal that resulted in season-long bans for involved players.
Melbourne assistant coach Simon Goodwin confirmed his club's interest in the 26-year-old on Sunday.
"I obviously coached him at Essendon and I rate him extremely highly," Goodwin told Triple M.
"He's a quality backman that kicks the ball well. He's tough and brave he goes when its his turn.
"He's got some important elements that a lot of clubs would like."
Missing from Hibberd's statement on Saturday was his desired destination.
Goodwin, who will inherit the Demons' senior coaching role from the departing Paul Roos at the end of the season, said it was too early to say Hibberd would wind up under his coaching once more.
"He hasn't made the decision where he wants to go yet," he said.
"We'll have those discussions at the end of the year.
"If he fits and he wants to come and wants to be a part of it, he'd be a good asset."