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Eagles encouraged to seize AFLX opportunity

Rhys Dickinson  February 12, 2018 11:30 AM

Graham press conference 12.02.18 Eagles forwards coach Jaymie Graham talks about the squad's preparation for AFLX this week

Some of West Coast’s most promising fledglings will get an opportunity to audition for a JLT Community Series berth at Thursday’s AFLX tournament.

Eagles forward coach Jaymie Graham revealed this morning that Liam Duggan would captain a young squad comprising mostly first- and second-year players at the inaugural AFLX meet.

He said the round robin event was the perfect stage for some pre-season standouts to put their hand up for an early senior call up.

“A lot of our first years are expected to be there and some of our second-year players who have shown some good signs in pre-season,” Graham said.

“It’s a great opportunity for some young guys to go over and experience the travel routine and build some chemistry. There’ll be some spots up for grabs in the JLT Series, so it’s a good opportunity for them to put their best foot forward.”

Graham said all of the club’s 2017 draftees would be available for selection bar Oscar Allen, who is working his way back from a foot injury.

West Coast will reveal its AFLX squad at 1pm today.

The assistant coach said AFLX had proved to be a useful training drill and he was interested to see how the tournament panned out on Thursday.

“We haven’t put a lot of time into the actual competition, but we’ve used AFLX as a training drill throughout pre-season and it’s been really good because you get plenty of run,” Graham said.

“It’s a game built around speed and you get to work on your footy skills, so it’s been a great training drill. It’s something we’ve probably done in the past, but we’ve done it a bit more this pre-season.”