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Cripps: Eagles starting to click

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles kicks the ball during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)
Jamie Cripps says West Coast's best footy is just around the corner

West Coast forward Jamie Cripps believes the Eagles are starting to recapture their best form.

Speaking to 6PR’s Sportsday WA program, Cripps said the team was starting to take shape after a tough start to the season.

“Obviously we’ve had a big focus on the contest,” Cripps said.

“It felt like all the lines clicked together this week, and we played a lot better than we have been the past couple of weeks,” Cripps said.

Having missed the entire pre-season and the first two rounds through injury, Cripps admitted it took him some time to get back into the rhythm of senior football.

“Missing all the pre-season it was tough to get back in; my fitness wasn’t where it should’ve been,” he said.

“I feel like my running is back to normal now, so hopefully I can string together a few games of footy from now on.”

After kicking four goals in a blistering return against Collingwood in round three, Cripps failed to hit the scoreboard for the next three weeks.

But he returned to his damaging ways with impressive performances against Gold Coast and St Kilda the past fortnight.

After six games of footy, the pressure forward is averaging 14.7 disposals and 1.2 goals per game.

Cripps said he was looking forward to Friday night’s clash with the Demons, who have also won their past two contests.

“Melbourne have been down on form this year, but they’ve got an awesome team and they’re going to be dangerous this weekend, so we’ll need to be on our game,” he said.