West Coast ruckman Dean Cox is keen to play at least one NAB Cup game before the round one Western Derby as he recovers from a finger injury.
Cox said he had continued his running program but had not done ball work for a week since injuring his finger at training.
“I would love to play some NAB Cup,” he said.
“I think at least the last game and hopefully the one before that so I hope to play a few, if not one, practice match before the season starts.”
The 31-year-old said his and fellow ruckman Nic Naitanui’s absence during the NAB Cup would give an opportunity to younger players such as Scott Lycett.
“They (the younger ruckmen) have been fantastic throughout the pre-season so far and all the work they have put in they will be able to put into a game now and really enjoy it.
“The NAB Cup gives them an opportunity to show that they are capable of playing at this level.
“He (Lycett) has come along leaps and bounds and I am looking forward to seeing how he goes this weekend.
“Scotty has been on the list for three years now so he knows what it takes and how to prepare for an AFL game and he played a couple of games last year so I think he will acquit himself really well again.”
Cox said he had had a great pre-season prior to his finger injury and was looking forward to the season ahead.
“I have certainly done all the sessions that have been put in front of me, which is the most pleasing thing.
“I have missed a little bit of ball work for the last week but I am confident going into the next couple of weeks I can get that back and I have still been able to run so I am feeling as fit as I have for a long time.”
Speaking at the Sunshine Beach Run at City Beach this morning, Cox said he was delighted to be able to support the event started by club physio and friend Chris Perkin.
The event, now into its second year, raises funds for SIDS and Kids WA.
Perkin lost his unborn son Jake and his wife Cindy within one tragic week three years ago, inspiring him to start the event and raise awareness about SIDS.
The whole Eagles squad attended the run this morning and Cox, who recently became a father, said it was great to see a huge turnout with about 1500 people participating.
“As a father it does touch you a little bit more so it is great to see all the support here and I think that rallies behind the great bloke that Tex (Perkin) is,” he said.