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Nic Nat wants to be Eagle for life
Nic Nat wants to be Eagle for life

West Coast fans can rest easy. If Nic Naitanui has his way he isn't going anywhere but to Eagles training.

The popular ruckman has declared his intention to stay at the WA AFL club and wants to sign a long-term deal to replace the existing contract that expires at the end of the season.

Speculation had been mounting that Naitanui would become a prime recruiting target for AFL rivals.

However, he has told the league website he wants to be an Eagle for life.

"I'm staying at West Coast, I love it over there, and I'll be there for the rest of my career, fingers crossed," he told AFL.com.au.

The 23-year-old, who has been hampered by injuries over the past 18 months, including groin trouble that hindered his pre-season, has targeted playing in all 23 home and away matches in 2014.

"I don't see why not, I'm feeling pretty good, and I can share the workload with three other ruckmen at the club," he told the website.

West Coast begins their NAB Challenge series with a clash with Fremantle at Joondalup on February 18.

Naitanui is no certainty to play in that clash but has targeted an appearance in the round one battle with Western Bulldogs on March 23.