West Coast coach John Worsfold is upbeat about Olympian Mark Worthington's AFL prospects after the Boomer's skills testing session at the club earlier this week.

Worsfold said the club had to weigh up a number of issues before making a decision on whether to rookie list Worthington, but rated his skills "just off" somebody who had been playing AFL for a living and believed it possible that he could play next year.

"He had a kick around and did some ruck work and did a lot of footy stuff," Worsfold said. "I had a good chat with him about what his aims and ambitions are and where we sit as a club and what it means to us. We have just got to sit down and work through what that means for us. We will make a decision pretty quickly."

Worsfold said the basketballer's football skills were "not far off it".

"It is a really hard thing to predict. Doing it out on a ground with three other people on it when you have got a bit of space and the other three people are just watching is different to playing footy," Worsfold said. "He has to play some footy first and a get a feel for the game."

Worsfold said Worthington represented a low-risk investment for the Eagles if they chose him.

"He doesn't take a spot on our list. He is an extra player.

"He doesn't take any room in your salary cap, so in that regard there is no risk."

And while his age was a factor, Worsfold said the 29-year old had a fitness level that was close to the one he would need to play in the AFL.

"He has had a great run. No injuries really through his basketball career," Worsfold said.

"He hasn't been subjected to the strong collisions. Basketball is still a physical game but it is more wrestling with each other, standing alongside and pushing each other rather than colliding.

"He looks like he has got plenty of energy left.

"It is great to have the best and strongest possible squad you can have. If you have got the ability to make your squad stronger with someone then you would take that."

The West Australian

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