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Premiership inspires promising Petruccelle

Petruccelle using Grand Final as motivation Jack Petruccelle sits down with Eagle Eye TV to discuss his first season in the AFL and what's driving him in 2019

For the 22 players who participated in the game, West Coast’s 2018 grand final triumph will undoubtedly rank among the greatest days of their lives.

But for those Eagles who watched on from the sidelines, last year’s season decider was in many ways a dangling carrot.

Seeing his teammates achieve the ultimate on the game’s biggest stage certainly lit a fire within emerging forward Jack Petruccelle.

“The grand final was unreal,” the second-year Eagles said.

“Watching the boys you work with and you’re with every day run out and win the granny was absolutely unreal.

“I was just out on the ground when they were presenting the medals and the awards and it was just such an unreal experience.

“For sure, it’s definitely motivated me to work a lot harder in the off-season, hopefully play a few more games this year and hopefully one day get the same success that I got to watch those boys have.”

Petruccelle showed plenty of promise in his debut year.

He made three AFL appearances in blue and gold and was a consistent performer in the WAFL, where he averaged 12.1 disposals, 3.9 marks and more than a goal a game for East Perth’s league side.

Petruccelle was happy with his first season in the professional ranks, but the 19-year-old knows he can’t afford to take his foot off the pedal if he wants to play more senior football this year.

With the help of West Coast’s coaching staff, he formulated an off-season training program to shore up some of the deficiencies in his game.

“My weaknesses are my distance running, repeat sprints and all that stuff,” a candid Petruccelle admitted.

“I think I’ve come back this season with an aim to get better in that aspect. I have been improving, but there’s still a bit to go.”

The Northern Knights product will be one of several young Eagles putting their hand up to fill the void left by club legend Mark LeCras, who hung up the boots after a glittering career boasting 219 games, 441 goals, the 2010 Club Champion Award, a 2010 all-Austraian blazer and, of course, a 2018 premiership medallion.

Petruccelle said competition for the vacant spot was already heating up.

“With Lecca leaving that’s what’s obviously open, so all the forwards have been working pretty hard and training pretty well,” he revealed.

“I think it’s anyone’s game really to stand up and take Lecca’s spot.

"It’s a big role to fill, but I think all the forwards, especially the young boys, are really standing up and training well.”