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Hurn excited to see youth shine

December 4, 2017 4:40 PM

Hurn press conference 04.12.17 West Coast Eagles captain Shannon Hurn speaks to the media after the senior players made their first appearance at pre-season training

West Coast Eagles captain Shannon Hurn reckons a host of fresh faces could force their way into the club’s starting 22 if they put in the hard yards this summer.

Speaking to the media following the club’s annual time trial at the Western Australian Athletics Stadium, Hurn said every player on West Coast’s list was vying for a round one start.

“I think a lot of blokes could easily come in and play if they have a good pre-season,” Hurn said.

“I certainly think blokes have done their program over the break and that’s always the hardest things because you’re by yourself and you can take a shortcut if you want because no one is going to see you,” Hurn said.

“I think blokes understand that it’s only three weeks pre-Christmas, so you’ve got to make the most of it.”

Hurn said he was excited to see what the club’s new crop of players could produce on the training track.

When queried on whether he thought 2017 Bernie Naylor medallist Liam Ryan could line up against Sydney on March 25, Hurn said: “Potentially all blokes could, but having played a bit of senior footy I think at times can help. There’s still a fair bit to go between now and the games. I think a couple of the boys played against him three times this year and they saw that he’s pretty dynamic, got some pace and a pretty good jump as well.”

Several young Eagles impressed during today’s 2km slog, including Liam Duggan, Francis Watson, Tom Cole and Jackson Nelson, who all recorded personal best times.

Hurn believed every Eagle needed to go to another level if the team wanted to achieve its goal of winning the club’s fourth premiership.

“Everyone has to improve. That starts with myself to the blokes that got drafted earlier this year,” he said.

“As a playing group we’re just trying to make sure that we are best suited to be able to get ready to train, adapt to the game plan and then play well. As long as we prepare and do the best we can, I think we’ll be fine.”