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Redden press conference 22.01.18 The Eagles midfielder talks about the new stadium, Sam Mitchell's influence and the pre-season progress in 2018

West Coast’s new-look engine room is determined to prove its doubters wrong in season 2018, according to Jack Redden.

The inside midfielder told reporters this morning that plenty of players were ready to step up and fill the void left by retired champions Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell.

“We have obviously lost Mitch and Pridda through the midfield. There are a couple of big holes to fill, but we’ve got a lot of young and exciting mids and we’ve been lucky enough for the past two or three months to train well together,” Redden said.

“It’s exciting and there’s a lot of upside in the group. There’s a few of us, but obviously Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Liam Duggan, Dommy Sheed and there’s blokes like Daniel Venables coming through, who … could be a really good midfielder as well.

“We’ve got Gaffy and Nic Nat’s back. It’s a pretty exciting group and there’s a couple of young guys coming through. Hopefully we can prove a few people wrong.”

West Coast fans will be hoping Redden carries the form he displayed at the back end of last year into the imminent campaign.

The former Brisbane Lion played his best football in blue and gold at the pointy end of the season, helping the Eagles secure an unlikely finals berth.

Stricken by injury ahead of his first season at the club, Redden had a relatively clean bill of health in 2017, which helped him play 19 matches and more consistent football.

He also benefitted from trying his hand at a variety of roles, most notably an extended stint on the flanks midway through the season.

“I played a little bit on the wing, which I really enjoyed,” Redden said.

“When I wasn’t on the inside mid I was rotated through the wing position. It kept me around the footy a lot more and I think that helped.

“I think my best footy has been at Brisbane, that’s for sure. Probably the timing, with me coming over here with the trade, I had a few injuries and setbacks, which wasn’t ideal. I think I’ve learnt a lot of from that, as a person and a player, so hopefully I can play my best footy here.

“That’s what I’m building towards and aiming for. I’m at that ripe age of 27 years old, so I think I’ve got a fair few more years of good footy in me.”