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Chris Masten won West Coast's 2km time trial yesterday

West Coast midfielder Chris Masten is confident he can recapture his best form following a trying 2017 campaign.

After averaging close to 22 AFL games the past four seasons, the 28-year-old only mustered 13 senior appearances in 2017.

He featured in the Eagles’ first 10 fixtures of the year but was omitted for the club’s round 10 bout with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

Masten forced his way back into the side on three occasions following strong performances in the WAFL, but was edged out of the starting 22 for West Coast’s round 21 clash with Carlton and did not pull on the club’s revered blue and gold guernsey for the remainder of the year.

“It was a tough end to the year last year,” Masten admitted to 6PR’s Sportsday WA program last night.

“I think once I lost my spot and came back I was just nowhere with my confidence. A lot of it, for me, was upstairs. By the second half of the year I was nowhere and it probably showed when I did get a few more games later on.

“But now I’ve got a bit of a spring in my step at the moment. I’m looking forward to taking it as it comes. I know what I need to get better at. I’ve played some good footy in the past, so I’m hoping I can recapture some good form and cement a spot. That would be fantastic.”

Masten knows he’ll have to elevate his game given the long list of young talents who are champing at the bit to lock down a spot in the senior side.

He intends to add a hard edge to his game with the help of new midfield coaches Sam Mitchell and Nathan van Berlo this pre-season.

“I think the contested footy stuff is always a priority for me,” Masten said.

“Sammy and I are pretty close off the field and I’m really looking forward to playing under him. He’s going to be great for our side, especially all our young mids coming through. I am definitely doing a fair bit of work with him and Nathan. I’m going to pick his brains a fair bit.”