NIC NAITANUI has put his hand up to face the AFL Indigenous All Stars and the West Coast star wants to play as much of the NAB Challenge as possible.
Naitanui was at Medibank Stadium in Perth on Tuesday with close friend Michael Walters to launch the AFL Indigenous All Stars match against West Coast to be held at the venue on February 20.
The 2012 All Australian revealed last week he was enjoying his best pre-season in years.
I've got a point to prove, says Nic Nat
He added on Tuesday that he would like to play as much as possible prior to round one although he revealed he hadn’t yet discussed it with the West Coast coaching staff.
"We haven't really sat down and gone through that yet," Naitanui said.
"But our aim is to get through as much game time in as possible.
"But I guess to a certain extent I have to be smart about it. The real reason we play is for round one and then on. However many games I need is what I look forward to."
Naitanui said he was particularly keen to play against the AFL Indigenous All Stars. The 24-year-old said it would be the perfect preparation for the Eagles heading into their first match of the NAB Challenge against Carlton on February 27.
However, Naitanui also has the added incentive of playing on the same park with some of his close mates.
"I also look forward to playing alongside some of the boys I played with at WAFL level," Naitanui said.
"I think our (Swan Districts) colts team a while ago (included) myself, Michael, (Sydney Swan) Lewis Jetta and (Carlton’s) Chris Yarran.
"So to actually play against those guys again, all at the same time, all be on the oval together again is an experience I can't wait for."
Naitanui, Walters and Yarran grew up on the same street together and the Eagle said it would be special for their respective families to have to have all three in Perth at the same time.