Adams told to throw weight around
Pic: Nic Ellis

Forward Marcus Adams knows he has one main job to do on debut for West Perth - throw some weight around.

The 20-year-old packs 98kg of muscle as the second-heaviest player on the Falcons list after joining the club during the off-season and has already drawn comparisons to West Coast's Falcons product Jack Darling in terms of physical presence.

And Adams, who flirted with a brief rugby union career last year before returning to footy, has been instructed not to take a backwards step after being told he will play for the premiers against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

"(Coach) Bill Monaghan would like to see me throw my weight around a bit," Adams said. "They're looking at me playing across half-forward.

"I'm just lucky to get the opportunity really. I've got to do everything I can from here to keep on getting a game every week.

"I'd like to play as much league footy as I can. Foxtel Cup games are a pretty big incentive as well. I'd like to get a spot in that side.

"Hopefully, we can get into the finals like they did last year. The group seems pretty special really. As far as teams I've played in, you get the winning feeling with these guys every time you're at training or on the field. They're a really professional bunch."

Adams played two league matches for Swan Districts late in 2011, but decided that stepping out of the shadow of older brother Luke would be the best move for his career.

The sporting career of his sibling - a highly-promising ruckman with Swans - was irreversibly cut short by the after- effects of a drunken altercation in Northbridge.

Luke Adams spent months in a semi-induced coma with near- fatal head injuries, but is now getting on with his life and close to finishing his finance degree.

His younger brother is commuting up to an hour each way from his home in Helena Valley for every training session, but he said it had been worth it.

"I just needed a change up … something fresh," Adams said.

"I was always Luke's little brother at Swans. It's good to get your own identity.

"Luke's going really well. He's in his final year at uni and he's got a bit of work with a finance company. To see how well he's going now is a really good thing."

Monaghan said Adams represented a "big body" who was very mobile for his size.

"We think there's plenty of upside to him and he's keen, he wants to learn," Monaghan said.

"I'm just lucky to get the opportunity really ... I'd like to play as much league footy as I can.""West Perth recruit *Marcus Adams *

The West Australian

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