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Mids and forwards the priority: Rawlings

Rhys Dickinson  October 10, 2017 3:30 PM

West Coast is hoping to secure Brendon Ah Chee's services for season 2018

West Coast is hoping to secure Brendon Ah Chee's services for season 2018

West Coast are on the lookout for midfielders and forwards during the NAB AFL trade and draft periods, according to Brady Rawlings.

The recruitment team has held preliminary talks with Port Adelaide to secure midfielder Brendon Ah Chee's services in 2018, however Rawlings suggested West Coast would probably be busiest during the NAB AFL National Draft rather than the trade period.

“We’ve gone in and spoken to Port Adelaide about Brendon Ah Chee and he has nominated his desire to come to our club, so we hope we get a deal done now,” Rawlings said.

“Outside of that we’ll probably be reasonable quiet. We might look to improve our draft position if possible, but we just want to be open minded if anything jumps up that might help us. We need to be in a position where we can look at it.”

Flush with defenders, West Coast is aiming to bolster its stocks forward of the centre square as it embarks on a new era without the likes of Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell in its engine room.

Rawlings felt several young Eagles could transition into the midfield next year, but he said that wouldn’t stop the club exploring the market for experienced and emerging on-ball and goal-kicking talents.

“We feel like our back line is pretty well represented; we’ve got some good experience down there and some young guys coming through as well,” he said.

“We played Yeo down there this year and threw Liam Duggan back. We’ve got flexibility with those guys being able to play them through the midfield as well, but we’ve got young Jackson Nelson, Tom Cole, young Francis Watson, who we think might be a chance this year.

“We probably feel like we’re okay in the back half, but anyone that can help us through the midfield or forward we would consider.”