Morton wants a flag like big brother
Morton wants a flag like big brother

West Coast recruit Cale Morton is desperate to follow in the footsteps of premiership-winning brother Mitch and turn his career around with a change of clubs.

The Eagles recruited Morton in a bargain trade in which they gave Melbourne pick 88 for a player originally chosen as the fourth selection in the 2007 national draft.

Morton began his career superbly with top-10 finishes in the Demons' best and fairest in his first two seasons. But he's struggled recently, spending time in the VFL.

The 22-year-old said he couldn't blame anyone but himself for his battles.

But he said watching Mitch, 25, play in a premiership with Sydney at his third club showed what was possible.

"Mitch had to earn the trust of his teammates to buy into the team defence and he was able to do that and get rewarded by playing in the finals and winning a premiership. Now he's got a premiership medallion to show for it," Morton said.

"It's important that I work with the coaches at West Coast because they're the best coaches in the land. The improvement of some of the players at West Coast is far superior to that at other clubs. I want to jump on that train and I want to improve myself as much as I can like all the other younger players at West Coast have."

Morton will join Jamie Cripps at West Coast after the Eagles traded picks 41 and 44 to St Kilda and received number 46.

Cripps, 20, asked to return home after playing 16 matches in two years at the Saints.

A cousin of premiership star Chris Mainwaring, Cripps has dreamed of playing for the Eagles. He said the prospect of playing on the same wing which was named after the late Mainwaring would be an amazing honour.

"It's good to come back and play for the Eagles. Keeping it in the family will be good," he said.

"I'll have a mixture of roles, but they'd like me to play in the midfield. I'd start off on the wing and then once I get my body bigger, hopefully in a few years I'll push into the midfield.

"Subi suits my game style. I like to run so I can't wait to play there."

West Coast have bolstered their midfield with three significant signings - Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham, Cripps and Morton.

The club lost Quinten Lynch to Collingwood, Koby Stevens to the Western Bulldogs and Lewis Stevenson to Port Adelaide. Tom Swift has retired to study medicine.

West Coast also traded several draft picks, so their first selection won't come until pick 46. It will be the first time the club doesn't enter the draft until the third round.

The Eagles refused Mitch Brown's request to join St Kilda.

"I want to improve myself as much as I can like all the other younger players at West Coast have."

"Recruit *Cale Morton *

The West Australian

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