WEST COAST EAGLES
THE Eagles young, promising list is starting to turn into one that may be finals bound this year.
When coach John Worsfold admitted that the Eagles are now better off without Chris Judd, it means that they’re in a position to attack once again with perhaps one of the most exciting lists in the league.
Nic Naitanui, throw him anywhere near it and you’re going to get something.
Shannon Hurn will be pivotal to the Eagles’ season. He is so often used as a launching pad to form a forward attack and he has some young talent to inspire including Luke Shuey, who should make his debut early on.
Josh Kennedy appears to be moulding into one of the most influential forwards in the competition and could grasp the opportunity with both hands and send the Eagles into September.
On-field: Bradd Dalziell (exchange period), Brad Sheppard, Koby Stevens, Gerrick Weedon (NAB AFL Draft), Ryan Neates (NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft), Lewis Broome, Andrew Strijk, Ashton Hams, Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls (NAB AFL Rookie Draft)
Off-field: Simon Eastaugh (ruck coach)
B: Mitch Brown, Darren Glass, Brett Jones
HB: Sam Butler, Eric Mackenzie, Shannon Hurn
C: Chris Masten, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa
HF: Brad Ebert, Josh Kennedy, Andrew Embley
F: Ben McKinley, Quinten Lynch, Mark LeCras
Foll: Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr, Adam Selwood
I/C: Nic Naitanui, Beau Waters, Tom Swift, Scott Selwood
Our crystal ball: There is some serious optimism building at West Coast and after winning four of their last five games last season, there appears to be a winning culture back again at the Eagles’ nest.
While Daniel Kerr is still important, he isn’t as important as he has been in previous years with an influx of young talent through the midfield. The depth will prove to be a factor but we should see the Eagles back in September. Prediction: 7th