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Eagles still undecided on Rich, Naitanui

By Justin Chadwick 28/10/2008 04:24:11 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold says the Eagles are yet to decide who to select with their prized first-round pick in November's national AFL draft.

Melbourne are expected to snap up Victorian key forward Jack Watts with pick No.1, leaving polished midfielder Daniel Rich and exciting but raw ruckman Nick Naitanui available for the Eagles at pick No.2.

Some observers have predicted that West Coast will select Rich in order to bolster the club's depleted midfield.

The Eagles already possess a powerful ruck combination in the form of Dean Cox and Mark Seaby. But West Coast's midfield was decimated when Chris Judd left for Carlton and Ben Cousins was axed.

Worsfold said the club would recruit the best available talent rather than draft for positional needs.

"As you know our rule of thumb is that we'll just take the player that they (our recruiting staff) rate the best player and we'll stick with that," Worsfold said.

"Our recruiting guys at the moment are still putting their final list order together so they're still having sessions where they watch a lot of video tapes and meet as a group.

"They'll have that ready to go over the next couple of weeks.

"It's obviously all influenced by what Melbourne do with their first pick but our guys will have their minds very clear about what they do with pick two once we know what Melbourne are doing."

West Coast's first-year, second-year and third-year players started pre-season training on Tuesday with Mitch Brown the standout in the beep test.

Brown, who underwent a knee reconstruction last year and missed the entire season, recorded a personal-best result of level 15.

Worsfold said the 19-year-old, who is the twin brother of Collingwood's Nathan Brown, was on track to play a key role in either defence or attack next year.

"He's only got a half dozen games under his belt but we know what he can do at AFL level already so it's a bonus with him coming through," Worsfold said.

"He gives us the flexibility to weigh up how we use an Adam Hunter.

"We'll have a look at him in various roles throughout the pre-season but I'm confident he could play both positions (forward or back) very well."

Meanwhile, the Eagles have completed their coaching appointments for the coming season with former West Coast and Fremantle utility Daniel Metropolis the final addition.

Metropolis, who has served as the club's runner since November 2005, joins Phil Walsh, Neale Daniher and Scott Burns as newcomers to the Eagles' hierarchy.

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