Code hopper Corey Adamson was given a warm welcome by his new teammates at West Coast training today.
The WA baseballer is set to be signed as a rookie for next season when the AFL approves the paperwork in the coming days.
And today Adamson was out on Patersons Stadium completing some running and skills work as he tries to overcome his six years out of the game.
The Eagles players formed a guard of honour either side of Adamson and cheered as he nailed a goal from straight in front, before watching the 22-year-old launch a baseball from the goal square to beyond the centre square.
The former Perth Heat player’s presence at the session provided a sideshow to the more serious business as West Coast prepare for their huge clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
They had a light session with just a six-day break to prepare for the game that will likely decide whether they play finals or not this season.
Star forward Mark LeCras (calf), who missed their win over Collingwood on Sunday, ran freely as he hit the track before his teammates, but he did not join the main group and is in a race against time to be fit for Saturday night.
Xavier Ellis (AC joint) and Sharrod Wellingham (knee) watched on from the sidelines with their seasons already over, while full back Eric Mackenzie and star forward Josh Kennedy were missing.
All three ruckmen were on the track for the session, as coach Adam Simpson weighs up whether to play Scott Lycett, Nic Naitanui and the retiring Dean Cox in the same team for the second consecutive week.
Fringe forward Josh Hill was on light duties and had his left wrist strapped.