West Coast Eagles’ 2014 draftees impress coach

According to Adam Simpson, the head coach of the West Coast Eagles, all of the AFL club’s newly-drafted players are capable of playing for the senior side in 2015. Just one of the team’s 2013 draft choices managed to make the squad last season as rookie first-round choice Dom Sheed played 10 games with the club, with six of them coming as the starting substitute. Tom Barass, Dylan Main, Malcolm Karpany, and rookies Rowen Powell and Will Maginness all spent the 2014 campaign in the WAFL while playing both reserves and senior football with East Perth. In addition, all of the players except Main suffered injury problems.

But with Simpson claiming his new players are ready for the senior team, bettors may want to back them with their BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet. Simpson said the players acquired in the 2014 NAB AFL draft; Tom Lamb, Liam Duggan, Alec Waterman, Jackson Nelson and Damien Cavka are all good enough to make the team this year and he’s happy with what he’s seen of them so far. The coach said, “ I think you can tell a lot within the first few weeks about how they go about it and their maturity and I’m pleased with all of them. What I’m seeing is the ability to handle situations already that perhaps first-year players don’t normally handle.”

Simpson added that he doesn’t want to throw the players into the deep end, but if they continue to show that they’re ready to play AFL football then he won’t hesitate to use them. The draftees recently attended the AFL Players’ Association induction camp which was held at Etihad Stadium. Dean Cox, who is West Coast’s new assistant coach, made the trip to Melbourne with the players and felt it was a good break for them after training in 44-degree temperature recently in Perth. Simpson admitted that he may have made a mistake by working the players too long in the record heat. The Eagles will receive some attention with punters in the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet if the team can live up to its potential this season.

AFL fans can access the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet via their mobile devices seven days a week as well as through their tablets and personal computers. Simpson, who is in his second year as the Eagles’ coach, has been working on ball-movement fundamentals with the squad and is planning to introduce match-scenario and  simulation training for the remainder of the preseason. Simpson remarked, “We didn’t really get into the nitty gritty of scenarios within games and what to do and how to handle those pressures. It doesn’t guarantee you any more wins and we haven’t reinvented the wheel. We’ve just had little bit more time to develop other areas of our game plan.”

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