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Aussie Rules: Simpson confident Eagles will bounce back

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson says spirits are high in the camp and he is confident they can bounce back from a disappointing 2021 AFL campaign.

The Eagles missed out on finals following a dramatic slide down the ladder compared to recent seasons but they are priced at 11/10 to get back in the eight in 2022.

Ready to bounce back

The Eagles won the flag in 2018 and had made finals for seven years in a row before they had a season to forget in 2021.

It kicked off some suggestions that the Eagles were now set for a period of decline, but Simpson has refuted such claims and says 2021 was just a low point to bounce back from.

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Simpson has said the playing group is in good spirits and they are ready to show what they can do in the new season.

"We've seen success, we know what it looks like, we know what it feels like," Simpson told

"There's good energy amongst the group, there's excitement amongst the group, and they've really embraced a couple of the new concepts we’ve introduced and the new coaches.

"Unity is strong and there's good spirit, but that doesn't mean we're going to win 18 games this year.  We're setting ourselves up to be our best version and that's the good part about this pre-season."

Off-field focus

Meanwhile Simpson says part of the off-season review also included how they look at things away from the field, not just what happens on it, and one or two changes have been made.

"When you're in that position, and for the wide range of reasons that happened, you have to dig a bit deeper than what's happened on-field. You have to look off-field as well," he added.

"The fresh ideas, the new coaches, trying to create a better environment if we can, all those things go into the melting pot, so there's been a few tweaks with off-field focuses."

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