2022 Pocket Profile: West Coast Eagles
Next Pocket Profile to feast your eyes on is for the West Coast Eagles written by the man behind the Ton Run, Empr!
West Coast didn’t exactly have the year they were hoping being knocked out of finals contention late by their crosstown rivals in an upset loss to the Fremantle Dockers, but fans have no reason to fear because they still have a large number of their squad needed to contend again. The Eagles have rejigged their coaching department behind Adam Simpson in a hope they can go again.
A fairly quiet trade period for the Eagles, despite lots of rumours, with West Coast adding just Sam Petrevski-Seton ($344,200 DEF) to their ranks from Carlton.
They used their first selection at the draft to pick up impressive winger Campbell Chesser ($148,800 DEF/MID), along with local utilities’ Brady Hough ($117,300 MID) and Rhett Bazzo ($117,300 DEF/FWD), and key position forward Jack Williams ($117,300 RUC/FWD), before closing out their hand selecting mature-aged WAFL star Greg Clark ($117,300 MID).
Nic Naitanui ($627,400 RUC)
Naitanui finished 2021 ranked 11th overall, and 2nd to only Max Gawn amongst rucks, thanks largely in part to his run of 16 consecutive tons to end the season. What sets him apart is his ridiculous ability to score points in short amounts of time, averaging a whopping 1.36 points per minute across the season. At 627k, he’s not as cheap as recent years, but he hasn’t seen form like this before either. As an impact player, he can always churn out massive scores that could win you league matchups, as seen by his 165 in Grand Final week last season and 163 in round 11.
Tim Kelly ($464,700 MID)
After setting the world on fire at the Cats in his first 2 seasons, Kelly has had a far more subdued time at the Eagles. A reunion with former midfield coach Matthew Knights could be very welcome news, as his experience with the Geelong midfield should see a remarkable improvement in the West Coast engine room, and the SuperCoach scores will hopefully follow. With a price tag of 464k thanks to 2 injuries, Kelly presents good value if he can emulate his 2019 form when he averaged 103.5
Shannon Hurn ($494,600 DEF)
It seems odd to put Hurn into the Smokey category, but given his age and calf injury last year, there is a bit of risk involved with him. Excluding injury he was able to average 101.5 thanks to his very friendly role as the designated kicker, and the fact he almost always plays on and kicks long from a kick in. His price tag of 494k is tantalising given he will surely be a massive POD as many likely won’t want to roll the dice on him.
Greg Clark ($117,300 MID)
The options amongst rookies at West Coast are fairly limited, with the 24 year old Clark looking a chance to make an immediate impact. Clark starred in the WAFL finals and capped it off with a BOG performance in Subiaco’s grand final win racking up 26 touches, 14 tackles and 2 goals. He averaged 27 touches and 7 tackles across the season and at 193cm and 94kgs he no doubt has the body to handle the AFL. If named round 1, he should be a lock in every team.
Liam Duggan ($411,300 DEF/MID)
There was a lot of talk about Duggan making a move into the middle last year, and that will likely continue this year. 6% of teams regrettably started Duggan, and from the beginning it was obvious that he wouldn’t live up to the hype, and eventually ended up having knee surgery after just 7 rounds. Despite his 411k price tag, you’d still be paying overs for him, so it’s best to not look for value here in the hopes of a breakout this time round.
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