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Eagles hoping to pick up where they left off

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West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff says the Eagles are hoping to start 2015 as they finished last season.

The Eagles won five of their last seven games in 2014 to just miss out on the finals after a lean middle to their season.

Speaking on Sports Today ahead of their first pre-season hit out against Carlton in Mandurah on Friday, Gaff said the team had focussed on their ball movement again in the summer.

"I’m sure it’s something most teams work on," the 22-year-old said.

"We’re trying to play like we did the last six games of the year.

"The way we finished off last year is the way we want to play for this year and beyond.

"We’ve been working on focussing on those things like that, but also a few changes to the game plan, which we’ll hopefully put out there in the next few weeks."

After fielding 10 youngsters in the game against the Indigenous All-Stars last Friday, ten senior players have been included in the team to play the Navy Blues.

Gaff predicting that 16 of the best 22 will play at Rushton Park.

"We’ve got a lot of senior boys back; it’ll be good to get out there," he said.

"Nic’s out with some back tightness, but basically everyone is ready to go."

It’s a stark contract to Carlton who have named a young side without regular captain Marc Murphy, Chris Judd, Bryce Gibbs or Dale Thomas.

Sam Rowe will captain the Blues in the absence of the star quartet and said it is going to a huge honour.

"We’ve got a really young team in that’s going to play tomorrow," he said.

"It’s actually really exciting for the footy club because we’re going to get a really good look at the future of the footy club.

"Everyone that is playing has had a good solid pre-season, so the guys that are picked are on the back of good form."

You’ll be able to hear all of the action on 6PR tomorrow from 4pm with Peter Bell, Karl Langdon and Adam Papalia.