Pressure on Waters to prove fitness
Pressure on Waters to prove fitness

Defender Beau Waters will have to hit physical benchmarks in the countdown to West Coast's next pre-season to convince the club he is capable of continuing in 2015.

The 28-year-old has returned to active training in the past fortnight following a successful operation on his troublesome right shoulder in May.

The former Eagles vice-captain took part in kicking drills and other skills work at yesterday's open session at Patersons Stadium.

However, Waters still showed a reluctance to take marks as he continues his recovery from what is understood to be his 31st operation.

A 2006 premiership player, Waters is contracted for 2015 and planning to play on next year.

The West understands the final call on whether to attempt another comeback will be left up to Waters, although the club will be looking for evidence its courageous back man is a solid chance to get through regular games without breaking down again.

Waters was an All-Australian in 2012 after playing 20 matches, but has managed just seven games since.

His manager Justin Reid said Waters had been optimistic about his recovery following surgery.

"Obviously time will tell, but he certainly felt a lot better coming out of this surgery compared to the last time, last July," Reid said.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson has previously said a decision on Waters' future would be made at the end of the year.

Dean Cox trained with the main group yesterday and is expected to return for the Eagles' next match against Richmond at Patersons Stadium on Friday week.

Mitch Brown (knee/ankle) took part in handball exercises during the session and could be fit to face the Tigers.

Defender Brad Sheppard was a noticeable absentee after being a late withdrawal against Brisbane last Saturday night with an ankle injury.

The West Australian

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