Patient Eagles give Jetta time to grow

West Coast coach Adam Simpson won’t be expecting miracles from Lewis Jetta when the former Swan lines up against Hawthorn in Sunday’s grand final re-match at the MCG.

The Eagles traded in Jetta and former Brisbane midfielder Jack Redden during the off-season, with the pair slated for key roles in the club’s push for premiership success this year.

Redden made a successful Eagles debut in last week’s 64-point win over Brisbane, tallying 25 disposals to go along with a goal.

Jetta missed the round-one clash after injuring his calf during the pre-season, but the 26-year-old will be unleashed against the injury-hit Hawks.

The speedster booted 45 goals in Sydney’s premiership season of 2012, and also showed his star qualities through the midfield in his 127 games for the Swans.

But Simpson predicts it will take time for Jetta to find his feet at the Eagles.

“The brand Sydney play is slightly different to us, and running patterns are different,” Simpson said.

“We have to be patient with Jetts on that one.

“We just can’t assume he’s going to come in and be this 25-possession, 40-plus goalkicker.

“When you play that role, it’s going to take time to adapt.”

Hawthorn thrashed West Coast by 46 points in last year’s grand final, but Simpson insists revenge isn’t on his mind heading into Sunday’s re-match.

Instead, the Eagles are intent on developing a brand of football that will win games anywhere.

West Coast have only won three of their past 13 matches at the MCG, but Simpson said that record meant nothing.

“I can’t look back 13 years, because what’s the point?” Simpson said.

“Let’s look at the current era and the current coaching panel and players.

“We’re not worried about playing at the MCG.”

The Hawks have already been hit hard by injury, with skipper Luke Hodge (broken arm) joining Bradley Hill, Liam Shiels, and Jarryd Roughead on the sidelines.

Hawthorn lost to Geelong by 30 points in their season opener, putting them at risk of recording successive defeats for the first time since early in 2014.

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