Eagles to unleash Kelly

Eagles to unleash Kelly

PRIZED West Coast recruit Tim Kelly will be the major drawcard when he makes his Eagles debut in Thursday’s AFL pre-season clash with Essendon in Perth.

The Eagles gave Geelong a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a future first-round selection as part of the expensive deal to secure Kelly.

The former Cat has fit in seamlessly at West Coast, with players rating Kelly’s training standards as elite.

Thursday’s match at West Coast’s base in Lathlain will be Kelly’s first proper hit out in his new colours, and the Kelly-Nic Naitanui combination at stoppages will hold plenty of intrigue.

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern (Achilles surgery) has only recently rejoined the club’s main training group and won’t be risked, while Jack Darling (fractured cheekbone) is also unavailable.

Oscar Allen (hernia) is another key position player who is still on the mend.

Essendon is even harder hit, with their injury list including Joe Daniher (groin), Dyson Heppell (foot), Cale Hooker (hip), Tom Bellchambers (knee), Michael Hurley (shoulder), James Stewart (groin), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (calf), and Patrick Ambrose (knee).

Conor McKenna is still in Ireland after getting homesick.

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