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Eagles a different side since 2015 Grand Final loss

West Coast Eagles Assistant Coach Daniel Pratt says their team is a lot different to the one that lost to Hawthorn in the 2015 Grand Final.

The Eagles lost convincingly by 46 points that afternoon, yet Pratt says a lot has changed since then.

“We’ve got such a different playing list now. We have around 13 players or more who didn’t play in that Grand Final. Our game style has changed, we have re-branded our footy club and we have moved to a new stadium,” Pratt told Halhalfftime with James Willis.

“So much has changed.”

Having earned a week off last week, the Eagles have played just two games in the past four weeks.

Pratt says the Eagles did a bit of match simulation last week.

“The prep this week has been pretty standard, but last week without a game we ramped it up on Saturday with a bit of match practice.”

“We tried to get out a similar load to a game without the contact. The running and intensity around the field was similar.”

The Eagle’s backline coach has commended the work of Jeremy McGovern and Shannon Hurn, saying it has been a bit of a “journey” for both their stars.

“McGovern is a unique player. When he first got to the club his skin folds were a bit too high and he had a few too many beers and pies. He got sent away from the club to clean his act up. Since he has done that, he is one of the best backman in the comp.

“Hurn he is a professional. Obviously he is captain but he just goes about his business.”

He also told Halftime suspended midfielder Andrew Gaff has been a great mentor since returning to the club the past few weeks.

After taking some time off in Melbourne, Gaff now sits in the coach’s box each week.

“The way he has been able to mentor some of our players has been really good. Even in the box he has thrown up a few ideas.

“We enjoy having him around.”