“Nic is monitoring rather well … it is in all probability forward of the place he would’ve been on the identical time when the opposite knee was reconstructed,” Vozzo stated.
“We have had much less setbacks on this rehab section in comparison with final time, which has been improbable.
“He is in a cheerful area doing a bit extra on floor – he simply began that this week – which was actually encouraging for him and for us.
“So, all being properly, we’ll see increasingly more of him integrating into coaching within the new yr.”
Naitanui, an AFL cultural ambassador, would have been rapt to see this current video of Noongar language group Walyalap Waangkan’s tackle the membership’s tune. Members have met weekly for the previous six years to study the indigenous WA language.
In the meantime, Vozza stated fellow Eagles on restricted pre-season coaching applications have been additionally on monitor, together with gun spearhead Josh Kennedy who’s recovering from a left shoulder operation.
“JK’s in all probability forward of the place we anticipated him to be along with his shoulder rehab post-surgery,” Vozzo stated. “He is doing loads of cardio work now and increase slowly within the fitness center.
“We’re assured that, come late January, he ought to be becoming a member of in the principle group in loads of stuff, and the abilities stuff after Christmas.”
Vozzo stated Tom Barrass had been struggling to beat a foot harm however had improved quickly in current weeks whereas fellow defender Liam Duggan, who underwent main knee surgical procedure, was on the verge of a return to full coaching.
Midfielder Chris Masten (hamstring) was again working powerfully however being dealt with with care, whereas twin John Worsfold medallist Elliot Yeo is progressing slowly after minor toe surgical procedure.
“Chris Masten had a really slight hamstring situation that we’ve in all probability taken nearly a very cautious strategy with,” Vozzo stated.
“He’s doing a good bit of coaching with the boys, however we’ve pulled him again a bit of from the principle coaching (group) to do some stand-alone working in order that we are able to management his masses and never make that hamstring any worse and get the appropriate heal that we’d like.
“Elliot had some minor toe surgical procedure, which he’s nonetheless recovering from in the intervening time.
“However regularly increase his masses and health, you’ll see extra of him on the monitor within the new yr.”
Working machine Jamie Cripps, who performed by foot soreness within the 2018 finals, was additionally being managed, whereas children Oscar Allen and Jarrod Cameron remained on modified applications with decrease leg points.
“Cripps has accomplished loads of work aerobically, he had some soreness in the long run of the season in a foot, so we’ve taken an actual graduated strategy along with his coaching within the pre-Christmas section,” Vozzo stated.
Vozzo stated new draftee Jarrod Cameron was additionally being handled cautiously after arriving on the membership with an current toe harm.
“I feel he did Jacob’s Ladder very not too long ago and he’s growing his loading slowly,” he stated.
“We’ll take an actual sluggish strategy with Jarrod, in his first yr particularly, and he’ll begin performing some heavy cardio coaching post-Christmas.”
West Coast’s 2019 squad is at a coaching camp in Dunsborough till Friday earlier than they take three weeks off over Christmas and return to the membership for offial duties on January 7.
Whereas the membership not too long ago stated the main focus would now flip from the grand ultimate triumph to defending it subsequent season, one Eagle nonetheless on a excessive was Lewis Jetta, who was proud to indicate off the premiership cup at his old skool whereas on camp.
“I obtained to indicate it off at my old skool, Newton Moore Senior Excessive Faculty, yesterday. I all the time attempt to come down right here on my breaks,” Jetta stated after a coaching session on Wednesday.
The working defender, instrumental within the September decider, stated he was raring to go and the membership believed it might repeat its shock success of 2018.
“After successful the premiership we’re assured, however you have to put within the onerous yards. We’re hungry for extra success,” he stated.
“To coach down right here and have our little camp on this a part of the state is nice. I am feeling good. I had a program within the low season that basically labored for me. I am match and able to go.”
David writes about sports activities and way of life for WAtoday.