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Ah Chee one happy Eagle

February 2, 2018 3:35 PM

Brendon Ah Chee has been working hard on his fitness this pre-season

Brendon Ah Chee has been working hard on his fitness this pre-season

New West Coast Eagles recruit Brendon Ah Chee is working hard to earn the respect of his teammates and lock down a spot in the club’s new-look midfield.

The former Port Adelaide utility recently told the Broome Advertiser that he was pushing himself to the limit this pre-season in an effort to bolster his current 27 AFL games tally.

“My whole driving factor in coming to the Eagles was to give myself the best opportunity to play AFL,” Ah Chee said.

“There’s already some really talented boys here at the club and the competition is what makes pre-season so good.

“Right now I’m trying to improve my fitness and skills. But most importantly I’m trying to win the respect of the boys.

“I want to get through pre-season as fit as possible, then hopefully I’ll get some action in the JLT Community Series to put my skills into practice. The intensity we have been training at is at a really high standard but I’m loving it.”

Ah Chee said he was made to feel welcome from day dot at Eagles HQ.

He also commended Port Adelaide for supporting his decision to seek more opportunity in his home state of Western Australia.

“The Eagles have been really good to me straight away — as soon as my name was called out for the trade I had boys texting and calling me to make me feel welcome,” Ah Chee revealed.

“When I got traded [Power senior coach] Kenny (Hinkley) gave me a call and even before Christmas he rang me just to see how everything was tracking.”

The 24-year-old said he wanted to make the most of his move home, both on and off the field.

While his on-field goals included bedding down a spot in West Coast’s engine room, he made no secret of the fact that he’d like to head north at some stage to reconnect with his childhood.

Ah Chee was born and raised in Derby, where he remembers cheering on his father Brendon Sr, who was a legendary player for Derby Saints Football Club, now known as the Tigers.

“Whenever we get the opportunity we go back up to the Kimberley for a road trip and now that I’m back in WA it probably makes it easier to get up there a bit more often,” he said.