The West Coast Eagles are glad to have Jack Darling and Scott Selwood back in the training squad prior to the AFL club’s upcoming NAB Challenge matches. Both players are returning to action after long-term injuries. However, neither of them participated in the team’s main open training session on Feb. 4 at Patersons Stadium. Selwood, who won the best and fairest award in 2012, has been running lately following ankle surgery just before Christmas and it’s believed he’ll be able to play later on in the NAB Challenge games. Fans may want to back Selwood again for the BetEasy AFL Best and Fairest award this season.
Darling isn’t at the same recovery stage as Selwood at this time and he’s been given a lighter training workload. The forward as been working on his agility and has also been doing some running drills as he works himself into shop from a fractured foot. Eagles’ fans may also want to consider Darling for the BetEasy AFL Best and Fairest wager in 2015. West Coast begins their preseason games at Perth’s Medibank Stadium on Friday, February 20 when they take on the AFL Indigenous All-Star squad.
After that they will take on Carlton at Rushton Park in Mandurah a week later in their first NAB Challenge contest. The team also hopes that Ruckman Nic Naitanui will be in shape to play in the preseason as he’s also working his way back from an injury. It looks like there will be a lot of competition this year for the Eagles’ ruck roles since Dean Cox retired. Naitanui is close to being 100 per cent healthy and he’s raring to go while Callum Sinclair and Scott Lycett look to be battling it out during preseason for the team’s second ruck position. Any of these players can be backed in 2015 via the BetEasy AFL Best and Fairest bet.
Lycett did most of the team’s ruck work during the recent match simulation session, but Sinclair has also been impressive and could play as forward this year. In a bit of a creative move, West Coast has been doing some training sessions in wet conditions by using sprinklers at Kitchener Park. The team is attempting to replicate playing in the rain as they lost three matches in the wet in 2014 and are trying to get used to the conditions.