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Who Eagles recruit has been shadowing during the pre-season


West Coast recruit Alex Witherden has been a sponge for information during the pre-season.

Witherden has looked to absorb as much advice as possible from three of the Eagles' defensive mainstays.

“When I’m at training I’ve just been asking questions and trying to learn from guys like Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern and Brad Sheppard, trying to pick their brains and get better and improve,” he told SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“I haven’t missed a session post-Christmas other than when I was in quarantine, so every session I can be out there is an opportunity to learn, which has been really good.”

The 22-year-old joined West Coast in a bargain trade after falling out of favour at Brisbane last season, making just six senior appearances.

“It seemed like a good fit with their game style and the way I like to play,” Witherden said.

“I think my strengths really suit playing at Optus Stadium and the West Coast Eagles brand.

“It wasn’t just football; I think a lot of my values really fit with what the footy club stands for as well.”

The former Lion explained the role that Eagles coach Adam Simpson has given him for the upcoming season.

“I’ll play in the back six again and a lot of it will be as a distributor off half-back," Witherden said.

“I’m looking to add more strings to my bow. Hopefully I’ll be able to pinch hit on the third tall forwards.

“I’ve been working on a few different things with my craft over this summer that’ll hopefully open up a few different options for me.”

Witherden departed the Lions with two years remaining on his contract.

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