Just watched a short video on the HS where Champion Data have rated the sides for next year.
Surprise surprise, we're rated 11th.
The main reason, according to the plonker from CD. who said our midfield which was rated 15th in the comp last year.
Now I'm not saying our midfield is the best in the comp, but no way was it 15th in the comp.
CD lost all credibility when they rated Trent Dumond as a better winger than Gaff.
Brad Sheppard (free agent)
Was enjoying a career-best season before a serious hamstring injury sustained in the preliminary final confined him to the grandstand for the Eagles' flag. With Jeremy McGovern and Tom Barrass the fliers in defence, Sheppard provides stability, able to play on smalls or talls. The man assigned to the dangerous Jordan De Goey in the preliminary final, Sheppard is Adam Simpson's go-to man for all the big jobs. While the West Australian should have no reason to leave, he will want to be remunerated well for what should be his last big contract as a 27-year-old. - MC
Eagles best finals series ever i reckon. Beat Collingwood in the Qualifying final, the Preliminary Final and the Grand Final. We are that good.
Last year the Eagles were granted their wish for some young midfielders to step up after the loss of veterans Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis, and one of those youngsters, Dom Sheed, even nailed one of the great Grand Final goals to give the club its third flag – so the Eagles don't want to be greedy. They'll settle for Nic Naitanui making a strong return from his second knee reconstruction to lead West Coast to back-to-back premierships.