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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

West Coast Eagles forward Jack Darling reproduce career-best form in 2019

West Coast fans might still be celebrating the 2018 premiership, but Jack Darling admits he still gets nervous watching the grand final replay and even asked that it be turned off on Christmas Day.
Darling is intent on reproducing his career-best form when the Eagles launch their flag defence.
The 26-year-old said he had recorded better 2km time trial and skinfold results than 12 months ago, despite an abbreviated pre-season.
But he doesn’t like dwelling on that epic decider in September.
“It was a pretty intense game, it sort of didn’t really feel like our day,” the strong-marking forward said. “I felt like we’d kick one and then they’d kick one or two and their start was obviously great.
“I get nervous if I watch it again. I don’t really like it, I get that nervous feeling. On Christmas Day the brother-in-laws were trying to watch it and I told them to turn it off just because I wanted to enjoy the day.”
Darling was relieved his dropped mark in the dying stages didn’t prove costly.
“I turned around to see if I could play on and kick the goal so I just turned my head a bit too early and that caused me to fumble the ball, so a bit of a mistake and I was glad it didn’t cost us,” he said.
“Once that siren went it was one of the best feelings.”
Darling, who is awaiting the imminent arrival of his second child, said he had been around long enough to understand what was required to find his best.
He booted 28 goals in a blistering first nine rounds before an ankle injury in round 11 halted his momentum, but he still finished his season with 48 majors.
“I’ve been in those situations a few times now so I know where I sort of need to be,” Darling said.
“I would like to get back into that form and that would certainly help the team.”
Darling believes dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy, 31, will be alongside him in round one after off-season shoulder surgery.
“He (Kennedy) is looking good, he’s looking fit and he looks a bit lighter,” Darling said.
Club champion Elliot Yeo completed a running program away from the main group as he builds up from a toe problem, as did Nic Naitanui (knee).
Brayden Ainsworth (finger) is also restricted, while defender Tom Barrass (foot), Jamie Cripps (foot) and forward Daniel Venables (knee) were absent while the session was open to media.