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Duggan impressed by developing mid

Liam Duggan says Luke Foley has been turning heads on the training track this pre-season

Liam Duggan has been impressed by the club’s new crop of Eagles, but he says one first-year player has been turning heads on the training track this summer.

The 2018 premiership defender told SportsFM’s breakfast program that Luke Foley was quickly earning the respect of his senior teammates.

West Coast snared Foley with its second selection in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, pick No.31, and have been rapt with the Subiaco product’s progress this pre-season.

Duggan said the developing midfielder – who averaged 16.8 disposals and four marks for the Lions’ colts team in the WAFL last year – had been among the new Eagles’ most consistent trainers this summer.

“You can see that he’s learning and growing each session and he’s picking up things really quickly,” Duggan said.

“In team meetings now he’s been highlighted and pulled out in front of the group for doing things right.

“It was only last week that the coaches were telling him that he has things to do and he’s been doing it. He’s been quite impressive.”

Duggan had also taken note of Bailey Williams’ aerial skills.

The fourth-year Eagle said Williams’ marking prowess was similar to that of three-time all-Australian Jeremy McGovern.

“Big Willow, he’s a monster of a man,” Duggan joked.

“I don’t know how he does it, but he’s got that Jeremy McGovern flight at the footy. He takes it right up high.

“He’s got a nice leap on him and he can take anything.

“He’s been really impressive.”