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Eagles aim for versatility in 2016

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The West Coast Eagles 2016 new years resolution is to become a more well-rounded and flexible team, according to Mark LeCras. 

The Eagles were the surprise packet of 2015 reaching the Grand Final in their second season under Adam Simpson only to lose to Hawthorn by 46 points. 

Speaking on 6PR’s Sports Today, LeCras said the coaching staff had identified a number of areas they needed to improve. 

‘We’ve had a focus on trying to be a well-rounded side,’ he said. 

‘I think we can be better at reading the state of the game and be able to go slow or fast when we need to.

‘We’re trying to become a really smart football team.’ 

Before he joined West Coast for the 2015 season, Simpson was an assistant under Alistair Clarkson at Hawthorn, who have become renowned for their footy smarts and flexibility. 

The three-time reigning Premiers switching players between positions more regularly than other teams. 

Despite booting 339 goals from his 154 games and 45 in 24 games last season, LeCras has hinted he may even spend some time down back in 2016. 

‘I do enjoy playing forward, but to have the flexibility to go up the ground and maybe just give yourself five minutes a game where you can lose your man is enjoyable for me,’ he said. 

‘It is something Simmo enjoys – like you said – putting players in different positions.

‘It’s not just myself but that’s something we’re working on in pre-season. 

‘I’ve even found myself working with the backs a few times this year.’

The Eagles begin their pre-season on Saturday, February 21. 

Their first home NAB Challenge match is on Thursday, March 3 at HBF arena and can be heard on 882 6PR.