West Coast Eagle Elliot Yeo says he’s ready to elevate his game to a new level after ‘plateauing’ in 2016.
Yeo was widely tipped to explode after a breakout 2015 campaign, but he didn’t have the season he and the football world was expecting in 2016.
The 23-year-old has put in the hard yards this summer in a bid to return to his best form in 2017.
“I felt like I’ve had a pretty strong pre-season, probably one of my better ones,” Yeo told The West Australian.
“I’ve just pushed myself to the limits, both physically and mentally. I’ve done PBs in the gym and PBs in the running.
“It’s a big year for myself. I felt like I probably plateaued last year. But I was sort also sort of trying to adjust to playing a different role and playing all different positions at all different times of the game.
“I feel like I’ve got my head around that a lot more compared to last year. I’m confident going into round one.”
West Coast’s match committee has tried Yeo in almost every position on the ground since he arrived the club in 2014 in an effort to make the most of the electrifying youngster’s unique talents.
Yeo admitted that he struggled with the lack of positional continuity at times last year, but now he has come to terms with his utility role.
“I played a fair bit back, I played a fair bit down forward and a fair bit in the guts as well so I played all over the shop this pre-season really,” he said.
“I think that’s probably my role and if I can do that to the best of my ability then hopefully the team will benefit from it.
“You probably get a little bit more settled playing those one or two positions.
“To play multiple roles, it’s a little bit harder to get your head around.
“It was definitely good to get the experience last year.”
West Coast Eagles general manager of football Craig Vozzo said that getting the balance right with Yeo would be central to the club’s success in 2017.
“I think Adam is pretty keen to keep exploring with Elliot,” Vozzo told 6PR.
“There’s that balance between free-wheeling, throwing him around and him being unsettled and not fitting in to one particular spot.
“He’s still a young player, he’s 23, I think he’s still going to be a fairly flexible utility player with a midfield role and I think he’ll rotate back, we’ve been doing that a little bit of late as well.”