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The West Coast Eagles were pretty average in 2010 and this year will probably be just as bad. But there could still be some Eagles players worth picking up. Let’s see what Luke has to say.

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Luke for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

Improving the young Eagles is going to be a tough gig for the coaching staff, but the bright side for finishing last in the season before is there is only room for improvement…or staying on the bottom of the ladder, improving the skills of the Eagles has been the major focus thus far and from Coaches Masten has been the standout, as he usually is. New coaches David Teague (backline) and Justin Longmuir (development) have fitted in well, with development coach Simon Eastaugh promoted to full-time. No injury blows for the Eagles just yet and all players are training besides Kerr, who is still only running laps and not with the main group. Anyway let’s get onto the player analysis, I have stated all the players that might get chosen in Coaches DTs, and hell there aren’t many so enjoy the read.

Defenders

Beau Waters: Beau has returned back on to the AFL scene with a great season, the running backmen averaged 87.52 points last season with a massive score of 155 against Geelong. Though he did post up some lows of 49 and 52. Beau had 146 marks, which is the most marks one player had taken in the 2010 season at West Coast. Being a leader and possible future captain for the eagles we can expect Beau to improve his score and become a consistent DTer. Even though missing out on 2 years with shoulder injuries I believe Beau is over his woes and with another strong preseason will come out firing.

Shannon Hurn: His booming right foot is an asset for the eagles though Hurn is not so much the DTer as he is as a SCer. Hurn being a good defender doesn’t rack up the stats we want for some good scores, he averaged a meer 66.53. Hurn just isn’t a DTer so I would stay away.

Bradley Sheppard: pick no.7 for West Coast in the 2009 draft he had good debut year, though I can’t say the same DT wise, he debuted in round 7 and played all games until 20 where he got a shoulder injury. He averaged 57.21 points last season, so for now I’ll keep away, though still keep an eye on him for future seasons.

Blayne Wilson: The kid was All-Australian in 2009 and was expected to be a round 1 pick, but he had injured his groin and teams stayed away, so the eagles snagged him in the preseason draft. The best feature in Wilson’s game is his marking ability down in defence and is known to play like B.Lake, meaning great for DT. Though for now Eagles might’ve set in stone their starting defenders and I do not expect him to play all the games in 2011, though watch NAB and see what scores this kid can rack up, who knows he might start.

Midfielders

Adam Selwood: The oldest of the Selwood’s and he had flown under the radar in 2010. Adam averaged 92.06 from a disrupted season of 16 games. Though his first 5 games he averaged 103.8 and one of the scores was 130, nice Adam. Though do you see any upside in Adams game? Well I don’t, If you get him he is as unique as they get, though he has to be a keeper in your team because of that price tag he comes with, I’ll probably stay away.

Brad Ebert: Ebert has one of the ugliest kicks in the AFL, which is why he belongs at the Eagles, though Ebert knows how to earn the stats, meaning being pretty good at DT, he averaged 81.59 and being young he is still improving, though again Ebert hasn’t proven himself to be a keeper just yet, I’ll stay away.

Brad Dalziell: the big Dallas debuted at Brisbane in great action with an average of 94.7 from 7 games, but since his debut season his average has decreased to 80.2 in 2010. But after a season review Sumich said “We underestimated Bradd’s value to the side with his possessions and what he did do when he was playing,” Can Dalziell increase his DT average back up to 95? If he has a full preseason I say he will, and he is tearing up the track because of his elite stamina, which will be vital this season. Watch him preseason on how he goes, possible upgrade target.

Scott Selwood: The youngest of the Selwood’s had solidified his position in the Eagles starting 22 last season and averaged 70.1, yes it is a mediocre average though his last 5 games he averaged 94.2 and in these scores one of them was 131. 2011 could be his breakout year.

Luke Shuey: The shoe is the Eagles most highly rated youngster and hey the kid himself said he wants to be the best AFL footballer, that’s the determination we want. Shuey averaged 75 from 6 games, and he finished his last game with 102. He is coming into his 3rd year meaning a possible great improvement in his average, though he has only played 6 games in 2 seasons, and his first season he sat out injured. Does he even fit the requirements coming under the third year rule? If you get Shuey he will give you good scores and will be a good cash cow, though 2 years of injury plague scares him away from other coaches, are you willing to take the risk? We’ll wait and see until the preseason.

Andrew Gaff: pick no.4, wearing the no. 3 at the Eagles, could he be the next Judd? Gaffy averaged 113.3 at the TAC cup, yes those numbers are “delicious”. He is the ball magnet for this year’s draft and has massive potential. He is aiming for round 1 though it might be tough to crack being he has to compete with senior players that are another 15kg heavier than him. Yes Gaff is only 78 kg and at 6’0 he is very tiny. Though that is the only worry with Gaff, he is efficient with his disposals and has a massive engine, I would say a definite lock if he starts round 1.

Ruckmen

Dean Cox: had an interrupted 2010 preseason though he played out all of 2010 which is what a DT coach wants. People say having Naitanui will lower Cox’s score though I must disagree, this will help Coxy become more durable through the season because he is sharing duties, and he will play more forward. Cox averaged 84.73 and scored the most DT points in the ruck position. Coxy should improve his average to 95 because of a great finish to the year with his last 3 games avergaing 95, and we know what Coxy can do. I believe choosing Cox over Sandilands is a wiser choice because of the fact of a back up ruckmen making Coxy more durable over Sandilands, for me he is a Lock.

Nic Naitanui: Nic Nat played out all of 2010 which is a plus for the future, exposure to AFL will only give Nic Nat more experience and make him a better AFL player. He averaged 61.9 in his second season, meaning 2011 is his 3rd and possible great improvement. Though I will assume that this will not happen being a ruckmen and still a little naive in the football world, he still need improving.

Forwards

Mark LeCras: OO AHH Mark Lecras, the mighty Frenchmen is the probably the best player on the Eagles roster. Though being a pure forward means major inconsistent scores with a 176 in round 16 and a 41 in round 9. LeCras averaged 76.05 from 21 games, and the Eagles are still raving about putting him in the midfield this season which will improve his consistency and score, and having interchange rules changed he will more likely play some midfield. Though if you go with LeCras you will be stuck with him all season with the great and not so great.

Josh Kennedy: JK has proven himself for being a handy HF in the first halve of 2010 but his stats and amazing accuracy had decreased till seasons end. JK averaged 70.86 this seasons and I do not see much improvement until the Eagles midfield will improve, which will be awhile. I’ll pass on JK this season.

Callum Wilson: Wilson had doubts on his AFL career coming to his 3rd rookie season and not cracking a senior game. Then came the final 3 games of the season and boy he proved to be on the senior roster kicking 8 goals in those 3 games and averaging 75.67 and by doing so the Eagles promoted him to the senior list. Wilson is competing for FF against Lynchy and right now he is beating him, Wilson his surprisingly tearing it up this preseason on the rack with surprising stamina. If you choose Wilson I say wouldn’t let you down averaging 70 and being a great cash cow in the forward, I’ll keep an eye on him in the preseason.

Jack Darling: the infamous bad boy from WA, he too was in all Australian 2009 and was expected to be top 5, actually I think it was top 3, but some injury complaints restrained his 2010 season making him perform average, some say in 2009 he was the biggest and now the other teens had caught up in 2010 making him not perform as strongly as he did in 2009. He averaged 102.5 in Colts but in the WAFL he averaged 68.5. Darlings body and frame is definitely ready for AFL though he isn’t going to pump out big numbers yet, though Darling will be handy for the bench, he is also aiming for round 1 and I’m expecting him to meet those expectations, watch NAB for his form.

71 Comments

71 Comments

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    baconb

    February 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    go eagles haha

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      Coasters

      February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Im really hopping the boys can manage a top 14 finish this season!

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    Brappinalong

    February 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Good write up, however no mention of Priddis?? I’m thinking he is the best on the Eagles roster- not Le Cras

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      crazymofo

      February 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Some one ask for a writeup on Priddis here’s mine.

      Priddis- Word is that West coast have been working on their kicking during the off season Priced at $388,400 is the Eagles most expensive player, with an average of 93.5 over 19 games last season, is a solid performer. May be seen as a damaging player by other clubs if he is able to improve the accurateness of his boot, so he may start to be tagged. Even if he doesn’t get a tag there will not be too much improvement in his price or points this season, looks to have peaked. I would stay away if he does cop a tag he is too slow to out run one, abit like Rich

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        Big Lance

        February 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        accuracy

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        fishsticks

        February 12, 2011 at 1:51 am

        he’s the only mid eagles had last year that anyone bothered to tag, most others were too lazy to go and get the pill

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      Coasters

      February 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Alos no mention of Kerr coming back into the side.

      Priddis already cops a tag but surely the number 1 tag will be running with Kerr now, might mean more points for priddis.

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        crazymofo

        February 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        I have Kerr in my side, it is the gamble of the season and will probably not pay off so after the Nab I will most likely pick up another rookie in the mids, it seems like easy money in the midfield this year, but you need the stars in there as well to get the points. Cash cows or Points?

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          Worryerr

          February 12, 2011 at 4:08 am

          Last season it didn’t suprise me one bit that Kerr went down. What did suprise was the severity of the injury.
          I recommend you check out the nature of his injury before determining his (increased?) risk value in 2011.
          Am certainly no fan of Kerr yet I reckon he’s a tough SOB to even be chucking laps… I’d be on the grog.

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    cadsky

    February 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    cant wait to see Darling play.

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      fishsticks

      February 12, 2011 at 1:53 am

      can’t see it happening in rd 1. they resigned lynch at seasons end and have kennedy and c wilson that can also play key target forward. might cover injuries mid season though

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    jjcs

    February 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Doesn’t anybody proof read these articles? Reads like it’s been written by a primary school student.

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      eeepobreci

      February 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Mate, this isn’t a forum on future journalists!
      Geez!

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      Nath

      February 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Come on mate, that’s a bit harsh! These guys are trying to give you a leg up in the DT world and here you are smashing them down…that’s not fair!

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      Varc

      February 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      I suggest you double check the readability of your own comments before you make such a negative criticism.
      Did you mean to say, “It reads…”?

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        jjcs

        February 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

        Haha “negative criticism”? That’s called a “tautology”. Go ahead – look it up.

        And thanks for the suggestion – but I was pretty happy with my comment.

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          slickReynolds

          February 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

          How about you Google ‘constructive’ criticism mate.. you’ll find its received a lot better here

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            THS

            February 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

            lol @ everyone for getting bent out of shape because someone had the temerity to comment on the spelling.

            If you’re going to take the time to do a write-up….

            Regards,

            Spelling Nazi

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            jjcs

            February 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

            Point taken.

            To the author:

            I suggest, to improve your article, you learn to use proper English. This includes: grammar, spelling, punctuation, appropriate sentence length and appropriate use of words.

            I would be happy to help you if needed.

            I do feel better about myself!

            Thanks.

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      tom

      February 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Your a dick head mate, like to see you write a better article. And good point Varc

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      Spot the Dog

      February 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Guys, I know it comes across a bit harsh, but I get him… In things like this, you can handle the odd spelling mistake, but when you have to stop and re-read a sentence to understand what it means, it’s gone a bit far… it doesn’t need to be journalistic quality… it just should actually have punctuation.

      Good write up, but I agree, many of these articles could’ve at least been skimmed for errors..

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      tuppy

      February 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      jjcs..can u read this,WANKER…HERO…JERKOFF,or have i done it wrong???

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        jjcs

        February 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        Yes.

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          crazymofo

          February 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

          Narf Juicy Crab Shit (JCS) eat my farts.

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    Black Klaw

    February 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Gaff will be good.

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    eeepobreci

    February 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Thanx for the read.
    Any ideas on Gerrick Weedon- likely to get games later on??

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      Kick2Kick

      February 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Correct Weeden could be worth looking at later on in the season imo

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        crazymofo

        February 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        He does look good will bring some pace to the side if Woosha lets him play, I am putting him on my watch list, I think he has been elevated from the rookie list so if it was any other coach I would say he would be starting but even when we finish bottom Poo Pusher Woosha will not play the young ones early. Someone needs to give him a pineapple

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          Hook

          February 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

          if my memory is correct i think he was drafted in the mid 20’s in the 2009 national draft. It was lewis Broome who came from the rookie draft

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          Hook

          February 10, 2011 at 12:17 am

          we? you’re an eagles supporter and you call him poo pusher woosha? the guy has been involved in all 3 of our premierships including captain and coach and he’s an all time great of the club, have some respect. Sure he seems like he lacks a bit of improvisation sometimes but maybe thats just because he believes in what he is doing and as always wont falter.

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            crazymofo

            February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

            He was a good player once and an ok coach when he had the stars in Kerr, Cousins, Judd and Cox all running through the midfield. But now he has been forced into the rebuilding phase and he said that West Coast would push for another premiership in 3 years from the start of the 2010 season. He is now down to two years and looking at last years games that is not on the cards unless there is a massive improvement by all of the players this year.

            And why the hell did he drop Spangher, looked like one of the best defenders at the club when he actually got a game. Sydney picked up abit of gold there. Maybe I expect too much he does not have a lot to work with and GC and GWS are going to take all of his draft picks.

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            Coasters

            February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

            Spangher was a shocker.

            All of his dipsobals were spanghers and he never managed to find a target, its like he was runnig aournd playing for the oppostion!

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    LeatherHed

    February 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Where does Tim Houlihan fit with the 22?

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      Matty Svensk

      February 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      I would also like to know more about Houlihan, any people from west Oz have any info??

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        Hook

        February 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        Good runner, good burst of speed, good break the lines type of player. Killed it in the wafl. Got an injury to his foot and couldn’t quite get back in the side. He will fight it out for a spot and will def play at some stage but probably not from round 1. watch nab i guess

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          Matty Svensk

          February 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm

          Cheers

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          snorks23

          February 10, 2011 at 12:10 am

          Good to hear a bit of a report on him. Can’t believe there hasn’t been any talk of a (seemingly) bargain priced player.

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      GaryColeman

      February 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

      Houlihan was on everyones radar, until he got delisted and then redrafted, as a rookie!

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    RiseUp

    February 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Gaff….lock
    Darling… Lock
    Cox…. Lock

    I’ll be watching Shuey in the NAB.

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    Leigh (aka Cousins Coke n Ice)

    February 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Good write up champ! I do wonder though why one D. Kerr didnt get a mention? Even as a smokey, seems to be flying under the radar in DT land, was a bit of a gun before injury!…….I wouldnt get him though, just hoping to lead a few there!

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    demonman

    February 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    all this write up tells us is who not to get and talks about the rookies we all know about. not much help at all, sorry.

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      The Southside Way

      February 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      good call mate

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      hotchickens

      February 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      is there a west coast player you should get? …that he didn’t mention. BAD CALL

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    The Southside Way

    February 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    does anyone think darling will debut first round? i need a few cash cows for the paddock

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      swanlow36

      February 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      He’ll spend time in the WAFL. Potential downgrade target.

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        The Southside Way

        February 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        cheers mate

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    thommo

    February 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Nice write up. I’m tempted by Cox; he has formed the backbone of my team for so long, it’s hard to ignore him at his low price.

    Does anyone know about Darling and why he dropped so low in the draft??

    By the way, what’s with the negative comments here? This site’s about fantasy sport, so that makes us all socially unacceptable to the wider community so relax and help your weird brothers (and perhaps sisters?) with our dreamteams.

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      Hook

      February 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Darling dropped because there were some issues with his behaviour, he got in trouble at school so fell out of favour. Also as mentioned earlier had some problems with some injuries. Eagles were lucky to get him so low, he has been likened to an Aaron Hamill type bustling fwd

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        Bossman07

        February 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        Aaron Hamill! Geez haven’t heard that blokes name for years. Was an absolute gun, lets hope he is nothing like him body wise. Aaron could’ve been anything with a half decent bod.

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          Lovin Lenny Voss

          February 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

          Ha ha – absolute gun! That’s gold. I thought it he was pretty good at Carlton and then when he came to St Kilda and was paid a fortune for 5 years to not play and then when he played tackle hard and that’s about it, I changed my mind. Just could not kick goals or find the ball. No one doubts his physicality, but he was a horrible disaster for St Kilda at that money (if he was a swap for pick 80 and no money, then different story). Albeit, the Blues took Luke Livingston for the pick, so ….

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            Bossman07

            February 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

            Think your still have a bit of a bitter taste in your mouth as a Saints supporter who’s club payed so much for a broken down horse. ;)
            He was an absolute injury nightmare but it wasn’t hard to see when he was injury free, especially the Carlton days that he was a great player. Poor bugger just couldn’t keep his body in one piece

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    quilivan11

    February 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    No write up on Strijk? I had him in my plan team as a back and still considering as a forward.

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      GaryColeman

      February 10, 2011 at 2:05 am

      was great last year

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    DanTheMan

    February 10, 2011 at 1:24 am

    here is my sh1tter article in case anyone wants to read it :)

    http://notepub.com/?fb=&note=125034

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      The Bandicoot

      February 10, 2011 at 4:49 am

      Great read mate, very funny. Let me tell you…. the Eagles were not “tanking”, they suck!

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        DanTheMan

        February 11, 2011 at 12:33 am

        The phoenix (eagle) will arise from the ashes.

        We will finish between 10 and 7 – bookmark for awesome predictive ability.

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        Worryerr

        February 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

        LOL. seconded!

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      Geoffk

      February 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Fantastic report!! Personally I think this shows why the Eagles will struggle this year.

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    GaryColeman

    February 10, 2011 at 2:14 am

    “Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls: Eagles discovered last year he had a learning disability which is *partially* responsible for him being shit at footy”

    Hahahaha, classic

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      The Bandicoot

      February 10, 2011 at 4:46 am

      Bwahahaha! Funny stuff.

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    Glybo

    February 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Doesn’t look like Blayne Wilson will play much. Article below says they need more “Conditioning” before he gets blooded. Also Shuey, Kerr and Waters injured…maybe weedon could be unique “The second-year utility has been a standout through the Eagles pre-season campaign, making a giant leap in fitness and displaying polished skills.”
    http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/107561/default.aspx

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    jarod

    February 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    What about Chris Masten? Has been killing it in the time trials and surely a breakout season looms…

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/afl/eagles-know-the-drill/story-e6frg1zu-1226000726401
    http://www.fantasyfooty.net.au/player/Chris_Masten

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      Coasters

      February 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      They say that every single year and he disappoints every single year.

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        Calvin

        February 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Id have to agree with that

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          Bossman07

          February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

          Yeah I got burnt last year after starting the season with him after hearing about how awesome his pre-season was. Won’t be taking that same trip twice!

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        fishsticks

        February 12, 2011 at 2:01 am

        fantastic running ability, couldn’t hit the side of a barn if he was leaning against it

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    jimbarts

    February 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Chris Masten will get more tattoos than games this season for West Coast

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    Spector

    February 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I am a West Coast fan and Chris Masten is an utter spud…

    The ONLY reason he was so highly touted was because his mate at WAFL level (Rhys Palmer – GUN), used to feed him the ball every game.

    Coxy is a lock for sure. Deadset DT legend and he will be fitter than last year for sure.

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    Monaco

    February 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Darling would need to push someone out of the forward line before he gets a game I would think????
    With Lynch, Kennedy, Callum Wilson and a resting ruckman all crammed into the forward line I wouldnt think there would be room for him just yet.

    Also its about time Sam Butler had his break out season, He is like an Afgahny driving a taxi……………..could go BANG anytime!!! I’d say if he doesnt do anything this year he could be on his bike.

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      Hook

      February 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

      lynch got dropped several tines las year he’s the obvious replacement

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    Judd005

    February 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    not even a mention of Kerr!?

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