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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

West Coast’s JK, Darling, LeCras and Barrass make it through training in lead up to Collingwood clash

Star West Coast quartet Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Tom Barrass all hit the track at Subiaco Oval today, but mystery surrounds which of them will play in Sunday’s blockbuster clash with Collingwood at the MCG.
Coach Adam Simpson said last night that all four could return for the battle with the second-placed Magpies.
Kennedy showed some progress and looked comfortable kicking with his right leg, with strapping just the below the knee he copped a hairline fracture in against Sydney in round 13, while Darling appeared to be moving freely in the light session after five weeks out with an ankle injury.

LeCras had no problem handling the ball with his right wrist lightly strapped, while Barrass showed enough to suggest he is over the back problem that has kept him out of the past four games.
Liam Ryan also participated in the training session but it is unclear whether he is available for selection after his car accident last week. Elliot Yeo was late onto the track and did little after his starring role in their win over Greater Western Sydney yesterday.
First-year player Oscar Allen is unsure if he’ll get to take on Collingwood after impressing down back in his debut against the Giants.
Allen, 19, said much of the match was a blur, but there was one moment involving star ruckman Nic Naitanui which really stood out.
“I think seeing Nic Nat’s mark was pretty amazing and I caught myself looking for a couple of seconds,” Allen said. “Just thinking: ‘Did that really happen? He might have just won himself a car.’ I was probably 40m out from our own goal so I had a pretty good vantage of the whole thing.”
Allen was keeping an open mind about where he’ll end up playing most of his footy, after starring at under-18 level as a forward and then being shifted back in his time so far at West Coast.
He was even touted as a potential midfielder in his draft year.
“From an early age I always tried to make myself as versatile as possible and I think that’s one of my better attributes,” Allen said.
“I’m happy wherever the coach puts me I think. I think I can play forward in the future. I’m sure that switch will get pulled at some stage throughout my career but at the moment I’m just enjoying my footy and trying to make the most out of every opportunity I get.”
Allen is keeping a level head, despite uncertainty around his selection this week.
“AFL football is a pretty brutal industry and I’ve just got to recover and be myself and enjoy the experience,” he said.
“If I’m lucky enough to be able to travel and play the Pies I’ll be extremely grateful and if I’m not as well I’ve got a lot of things I need to work on as a footballer so it will be a great opportunity to develop as a person too.”


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