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Aussie Rules: Eagles ace feeling fit

West Coast Eagles ace Jack Petruccelle is hoping his hamstring injury problems are now behind him after focusing more on his movement and mobility in the off-season.

The Eagles are priced at 11/10 to return to the top eight in the 2022 AFL campaign and having Petruccelle fit and out on the park will be crucial to their chances.

Soft tissue issues

The 22-year-old is an exciting prospect for the Eagles but his progress has been hampered by a severe hamstring tear and other soft tissue injuries that have stopped him in his tracks.

Petruccelle possesses lightning pace but as is the case with most speedsters it does make them prone to picking up the soft tissue injuries.

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So in an attempt to reduce the risk of such injuries the youngster linked up with a new fitness coach and it appears to be paying off.

He has so far had an uninterrupted pre-season is said to be looking fitter, stronger and quicker than ever before.

Flexibility the key

"A guy called Jake Lalich wrote me up a really nice program that had me doing something every single day to improve that (flexibility)," Petruccelle told AFL.com.au. "Sit and reach was the main test for me, and I did improve and could feel my flexibility getting better.

"It's something I've never gone above and beyond with before, so I decided to have a play with that and see how that would look for me, just to hopefully strengthen my body, improve my flexibility a little bit, and hopefully steer clear of any soft tissue injuries this year.

"That was a big goal of mine and the area that myself and a couple of the coaches and physios pinpointed that was going to be pretty important to hopefully stay injury free."

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