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Eagles' 2018 flag hero ready for 55,000 boos on his return

Scott Lycett will return to Optus Stadium for the first time since winning the flag with West Coast in 2018 - AFL,Port Adelaide Power,Scott Lycett
Scott Lycett will return to Optus Stadium for the first time since winning the flag with West Coast in 2018

HEARING the boos ring down from 55,000 West Coast supporters won't bother Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett in his first game against the Eagles since leaving after last year's premiership.

The 26-year-old played 75 games in eight seasons with the Eagles, including all 25 in 2018, before joining the Power on a five-year deal as a free agent at the end of last season.

Lycett returns to WA when the Power take on the reigning premiers at Optus Stadium on Good Friday.

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"It will be a bit of a weird feeling having played there for a lot of years," Lycett told reporters on Wednesday.

"I'm not sure whether they (the supporters) will boo or cheer, but everyone who pays for a ticket has a right to cheer or boo or do whatever they want to do, so I guess I'll just cop whatever comes.

"If they do want to boo, there's no hard feelings.

"I've got a lot of love for the people over there."

Lycett said "deep down" he might have known he was leaving the Eagles in the immediate aftermath of their Grand Final victory over Collingwood.

"I just didn't want to admit it," he said.

"I was more thinking about celebrating with the boys and who's going to get me my next beer."

His decision was made public during an end-of-season footy trip with his former Eagles teammates in Hong Kong.

"I'm not the type of guy to make a big deal about myself, so when it came out, I told the boys, they were pretty happy with my reasoning and everything that went down," Lycett said.

"I tried to be as respectful as I could and didn't want to let anyone down, but I was obviously going to be doing that.

"I just tried to handle everything as good as I could.

"As far as I know, it was left on good terms."

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Lycett has been in contact with a few of his former teammates this week and expected them to be in full voice during the game.

"They'll be a lot of banter, probably more from them than me," he said.

"I'll just be focused on the game.

"I'm expecting a lot of banter and hopefully expecting a win this week."

The Eagles have had the wood on the Power recently, winning six of their past seven encounters, including two that have come down to kicks after the siren.

 

Lycett will give the Power's coaching staff some inside information about the Eagles, but knows they are the masters of adapting their game style.

"It's not re-inventing the wheel, but you can say a few little things that might help the coaches plan for guys in certain positions," he said.

"I can't really give them too much information because they might change it up.

"Every team adapts every year and changes things, so I'm not expecting them to be exactly the same as when I was there, but I can try and give them a few little things here and there."

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