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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - West Coast Eagles v Melbourne

West Coast moved the ball by hand a lot during the JLT Series, but Dean Cox said that wasn't a focus during the off-season

The West Coast Eagles won't try to replicate any other team's game plan in a big to lift its fourth premiership cup, according to midfield coach Dean Cox.

The Western Bulldogs stunned the football world by winning the 2016 flag on the back of their contested ball supremacy and high-possession style of play, which helped them rank No.1 in contested possessions and disposals.

While the Eagles will certainly look at what worked for other sides, Cox said it was dangerous to implement a ‘follow the leader’ strategy.

The Eagles have flicked the ball around throughout the JLT Community Series, but Cox says the team's recent high possession style of play hasn’t come about through design.

“It’s something that you always look at, grand final sides and sides that go deep into September, is the style of play they adopt and where the game is going to head” Cox told 6PR.

“We haven’t specifically said to the players ‘We want to get 400 or 450 touches’, it’s just making sure that we’re using the open player and we can generate some ball movement from there.”

Adam Simpson said copying other sides' premiership blueprints was risky.

“You’ve got to be really careful not to try and copy teams above; it’s very dangerous when you do that,” Simpson said.

“We still want to keep our identity. I think we’re just using the ball a bit better at the moment because that’s what we’ve been training.

“It hasn’t been ‘Let’s have 450 possessions’ or anything like that, it’s just been what the game’s given us at the moment.”