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Eagles relishing rest after 'brutal' final

Simpson press conference 13.09.18 Adam Simpson talks to the media about finals, rule changes and how the boys pulled up after our win over Collingwood

Adam Simpson is unfazed that West Coast will have only played once in 26 days by next Saturday's preliminary final and believes another weekend off will have some sore Eagles cherry-ripe to face Hawthorn or Melbourne.

The Eagles have stuck to the same program that prepared them for a gripping 16-point qualifying final triumph over Collingwood coming off the round 23 bye, and will stage only a brief match simulation hit-out at the end of main training on Friday.

Star spearhead Josh Kennedy is expected to take part after pulling up well from his first game in seven weeks.

Ruckman Scott Lycett only trained lightly on Wednesday after being unsighted during Monday's run, while goalsneak Willie Rioli was back with the main group after also missing the first session following a head knock late against the Pies.

Gun midfielder Elliot Yeo was the only notable absentee during Wednesday's session.

The Eagles will make at least one change for the preliminary final, after durable defender Brad Sheppard suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in the first term of Saturday's victory.

"I think we've got a few sore guys, actually, it was a brutal game," Simpson said.

"We thought we started quite well and finished the game off well with one man down for most of the night.

"We thought that was a pretty good prep. From a results-driven process that's what you look at.

"We'll do the same thing and hopefully we get the same result."

Kennedy booted 2.4 against the Pies, despite being well held by Tyson Goldsack, and Simpson expected the dual Coleman medallist would have shaken off plenty of rust after spilling a number of marks.  

The Eagles are now 11-0 with Kennedy and sidekick Jack Darling in the side this year, and both played telling roles late against Collingwood.

"To get a game like that after seven weeks off (for Kennedy), he's human, but he was not far off in that first half as well," Simpson said.

"He was defended really well, Goldsack played well, but he did stand up late.

"I don't think it's all about Josh and he doesn't want it to be all about him.

"I think we've got more avenues to goal, but when he's up and about it definitely helps."

The Eagles are yet to hone in on the Hawks and Demons, although Simpson will travel to Melbourne to watch their semi-final bout on Friday night.