We take a look at 5 players that will define the West Coast Eagles 2017 campaign
The Gun – Josh Kennedy
Arguably the best forward in the game today, Kennedy is the two-time reigning Coleman Medal winner. The 2016 season saw Kennedy kicked 82 goals and helped kept the Eagles in final contentions.
Kennedy, 29, is expected to have another big season in 2017 and will be a vital cog in Adam Simpson’s push to correct the wrong that happened in the 2015 grand final against the Hawks.
New Recruit – Sam Mitchell
It’s not often you recruit someone of the caliber of Sam Mitchell to your club, a 4× AFL premiership player (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015) and the recently crowned 2012 Brownlow medalist.
Mitchell is believed to a standout at West Coast pre-season training and the veteran is already apart of the Eagles leadership group. The 34-year old will join the Eagles coaching staff, once he decided to hang up his boots, but coach Adam Simpson believes his side will benefit of having Mitchell as an on-field coach in 2017.
The Question Mark – Lewis Jetta
Lewis’s return back home in 2016 didn’t go as he had planned. Lewis joined the West Coast Eagles at the end of the 2015 season via trade with the Sydney Swans.
Jetta was in and out of the side throughout the 2016 season and struggled to find form and fit into Adam Simpson’s game plan. Jetta, managed just 12 games in his first year in his new colours.
Jetta has the ability to quickly change the outcome of a game off his own boot, and would be a deadly asset in the Eagles forward line.
Jetta will need to prove himself over the pre-season to coach Simpson or he will find himself one of the highest paid WAFL players in 2017.