Preview by: Alex Paull – @alex_paull
Aside from a disastrous Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, the Eagles surprised everyone with their stunning form in 2015. The Eagles were without their two key defenders for all except 10 minutes of the home-and-away season, before Adam Simpson’s ‘Weagles Web’ transformed an undersized defence into a legitimate attacking weapon. But with a full complement of defensive options at his disposal in 2016, will Simpson have more cards to play?
The Eagles are well-placed for a legitimate tilt at the premiership after adding valuable midfield depth, acquiring gritty Brisbane midfielder Jack Redden and the skillful Lewis Jetta from Sydney. Callum Sinclair has departed, but the Eagles still retain a strong ruck division with able replacements in Scott Lycett and Jonathan Giles. The big question is whether they can replicate what they did in 2015. Given the Eagles’ dominance in the west and its potency in all areas of the ground, a top four finish should be a minimum requirement for a side coming into its prime.
Predicted Finish: 2nd -4th