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Ready to go: Senior Eagles make their selection case

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 05: Will Schofield of the Eagles poses for a photograph during the West Coast Eagles 2019 official team photo day at Subiaco Oval on February 5, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Will Schofield says he's fit and ready to face the Pies if required

Premiership duo Jamie Cripps and Will Schofield put their hands up to make a senior return with successful comebacks for the Eagles’ WAFL side at the weekend.

Cripps (toe) and Schofield (corked thigh) returned against East Fremantle on Saturday, both running out the game without any issues , giving the West Coast match committee more to think about ahead of the club’s blockbuster round three clash with Collingwood.

Schofield, who picked up 18 disposals and nine marks in a cool display down back, said it was good to be back after a longer-than-expected stint on the sidelines.

He felt ready to go if needed by Adam Simpson.

“It was the longest ‘corkie’ in the history of the game, but it was great to be back playing footy,” Schofield said post-match.

“I played restricted minutes, I got through the game without any issues and feel good.

“I felt strong. I’d got a lot of training in, which held me in good stead, it was good to play with the young boys as well.

“You always like to put your hand up, obviously I couldn’t last week; I didn’t have the minutes into me.

“I’m good for the run now, it’s up to the coaches ultimately, but hopefully I can be in the mix this week.”

Cripps, who started at his usual position inside the forward 50, finished his limited game time with 16 disposals and three tackles.

”It took me a while to actually get my hands on the footy, but I felt I worked my way into it and finished off strongly, which was pleasing,” Cripps said.

“I just wanted to enjoy it, get my hands on the footy, help the younger boys out and get a good blowout.

“I’ve got my hand up for AFL selection, so we’ll see what happens.”