Lycett in 'better place' after shoulder reconstruction

27 February 2018 05:35:11 EST

Scott Lycett is happy with the way he came through his first test of pre-season, and feels ready to launch into the new AFL campaign with West Coast.

The ruckman only played one game last year for the Eagles, his campaign being ruined by shoulder issues.

The off-season has given him the chance to make a full recovery and he competed strongly against All Australian Paddy Ryder in Sunday's JLT Community Series opener.

Lycett is set to be a key figure in the early part of the season, with star big man Nic Naitanui likely to need time to rediscover his best form coming back from 18 months on the sidelines.

It's been a frustrating time for Lycett, who also had a PCL reconstruction at the end of 2016, but he is feeling confident again and keen to make up for lost time.

"It was tough (last year), but I think I'm in a better place now for it," said the 25-year-old.

"A lot of players go through injuries - they just probably don't have two reconstructions (PCL and shoulder) in a row - but I'm definitely in good stead for it now and after a full pre-season ready to launch into 2018."

While Lycett and Naitanui were on the sidelines last season, recruit Nathan Vardy stepped up to lead the ruck.

Vardy, who booted two goals against Port Adelaide, could link up with Lycett in round one if Naitanui isn't ready to return from his knee reconstruction.

"Vards and myself have been smashing each other in training all summer, so we're definitely both putting our hands up for that position," said Lycett.

West Coast are 13/10 to win the Grand Final.

The Eagles are 1/250 to finish in the top eight.

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