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Adam Simpson's fan Q&A transcript

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Adam Simpson took questions from fans this morning

Hi Adam, how is Jack Redden travelling? Obviously with Mitchell coming in the midfield depth is great in the team, so do you think Redden's role will change in comparison to his previous role as a primary midfielder? And do you see him playing round 1? Thanks

He's in the mix for round one. He had 40 possessions in the reserves last week. He's had a full pre-season and done everything right. His form will dictate his selection.

Simmo, Jackson Nelson looks to have taken his game to a new level and has great connection with the midfield coming off the backline this preseason. Is he now in the team best 22 or so you still see him as a fringe player still trying to cement his spot.

At the moment he is in our best 22 with his pre-season form. We've got a logjam down back with Schofield, Butler, Cole and Barrass all looking to push their way into the side.

Hi Adam, with Mackenzie finding form over the JLT series and Barrass' improvement, is it likely we will see Gov used as more of a swing man and get some time in attack/ruck this season?

If it was up to Gov, yes! He asked to play on ball the other day. It's a great problem to have with quality talls at the moment.

How have you seen the development of Yeo, Sheed, Duggan following the recruitment of Sam Mitchell and what influence has he had on the younger midfielders?

The development of those three are critical to our long term success. Sam, along with Priddis, Shuey and Gaff are doing everything they can to help the younger midfielders, but at the end of the day it's up to them.

Hi Adam, your midfield looks very strong in 2017, and a fit Dom Sheed is a guy I see taking a big step this year, in what role do you see Dom playing his minutes in the immediate future?

At the moment he will work with Matt Priddis. He had an injury interrupted season last year, but he's had a full pre-season so high expectations. 

Which new young draftee/rookie has impressed you the most over the preseason & would be most likely to debut in 2017?

We've got a few. Willie Rioli has the capabilities. Dan Venables played his first game in the reserves last week. It wouldn't surprise me if either of those guys played this year. Francis Watson as a category B rookie also looks good.

G'day Simmo, if Giles and Vardy ruck, would you ever consider playing Petrie as an extra tall forward along with JK and Darling if a team you play against have a small defence?

It's an option. Drew is a proven forward. Those strategies are hit and miss as marks inside the 50 are hard to get with the modern game. Drew does bring the pressure and demands respect, so it's an option.

Are you going to continue to play Jetta off half back?

I've noticed you're a Freo supporter so I'll give you some grace. He hasn't been playing off half back, but off the wing. He does work hard to get back to help as a winger.