Hill champing at the bit
West Coast forward Josh Hill leaps high against Hawthorn. Picture: Getty Images.

West Coast forward Josh Hill has promised to shine in the finals to repay the club for giving him a lifeline after transferring from the Western Bulldogs at the end of last season.

Hill played one of his better games for the Eagles this season in their 25-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG on Friday night.

Although statistically quiet, he and fellow forward Jack Darling added great spark and his five tackles reflected his improved defensive output.

The 23-year-old cousin of former West Coast forward Ashley Sampi played in four finals for the Bulldogs, including the 2008 preliminary final against Geelong, and was keen to use that experience to help his new club have a successful September.

"It's a new, fresh environment and I know the boys are pretty pumped about the finals," Hill said.

"I want to give everything I can to the club for them giving me that opportunity.

"Having that finals experience with the Bulldogs, I know what it's like and just being part of this team I'll definitely give all I can.

"It's good to have a taste of it, you know what to expect and you just work on all the little things to improve and turn the negatives into positives.

"There's a lot more at stake now. We know where we've finished and the time is now to step up and show we can go another step further.

"I definitely wanted to come over and have an impact and I'm just amazed to be a part of it ... it just means everything to me to come to a new club and play finals."

Hill lamented his team's poor first quarter against the Hawks when it trailed by 34 points because of some sloppy defensive work. He believes the Eagles can go deep into the finals.

"We had a slow start in the first quarter but we fought back in the last three quarters," he said.

"We showed in that last quarter that we could give that running and tackle pressure in the forward line, but it was just a bit too late to show it.

"We'll definitely work on that and try to get a win next week.

"It's one of the most important things to try and start it from the beginning and work on that four-quarter effort.

"We've shown that we can pretty much run over any team we want when we bring that pressure and we all back each other to play to our strengths. But the good thing is that we've got a few players who have been part of a premiership.

"They know what it's like and they can give feedback to the younger players and tell them the things they need to work on to get to where we want.

"Having that is a bonus for players like me and we know we can do it."

The West Australian

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