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In the Game: Nic Nat on track for mid-season return

Adam Simpson is this week's special guest on the In The Game with Damian Barrett podcast - AFL,Podcast,Tag-Podcasts
Adam Simpson is this week's special guest on the In The Game with Damian Barrett podcast

WEST Coast star Nic Naitanui has begun jumping as he continues to make steady progress after a devastating ACL tear ended his 2018 season last July.

Eagles premiership coach Adam Simpson told the In the Game with Damian Barrett podcast Naitanui was tracking towards a mid-season return.

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"We’re hoping to get him around mid-season or hopefully before that," Simpson said.

Naitanui has begun agility training after completing the straight-line running component of his rehabilitation.

"I saw him jumping (last week), but that still means he’s a while away. He hasn’t started his pre-season yet."

West Coast begins its premiership defence with a trip to the Gabba to face Brisbane on Saturday night. 

Episode guide

0:30 A premiership, but still a lot to learn

2:45 The benefit of calling WA home

3:50 ‘They know I’ve got their back’

4:50 Simpson’s focus on recapturing his love for the game

6:30 The importance of round two 

9:00 An early Magpie onslaught and ‘here we go again’

11:20 ‘It’s ok to be vulnerable’ 

13:00 On Nic Naitanui

15:30 ‘What’s going on here, JK?’ 

17:40 Messing up pre-game speeches

20:00 Denis Pagan’s Grand Final advice

21:00 How do you defend a premiership?

22:45 Cyril Rioli the Eagle? 

24:00 Three albinos walking around the Tiwi Islands