Cox’s new role opens door for Petrie, Ballas at Eagles

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Cox’s new role opens door for Petrie, Ballas at Eagles Adam Simpson has made Dean Cox his midfield coach for 2016.

Hayden Ballantyne will likely join rival West Coast next year. Photo Paul Kane.

Drew Petrie had a bad end to 2016 but the Eagles are interested. Photo AFL Media/Getty Images.

TweetFacebookWAtodayunderstands West Coast will offer a third-round draft pick for Ballantyne, which Fremantle isexpected to accept, with the 2014 All-Australian to begiven a two-year contract with prospects for a third depending on performances.

His appeal to West Coast continues to divide opinion,with the lively forward mustering just 41 goals from 35 outings in the past two seasons.

Cox will take over coaching the Eagles midfield after two seasons as ruck coach since the six-times All-Australian retired after a club-record 290 games.

As revealed byWAtodayearlier this month,Petrie is considering a controversial approach from West Coastmanagement to help solve the club’sruck crisis after long-term injuries to superstar Nic Naitanui and his back-up Scott Lycett.

Petrie, 34 this month, is considering an offer that is understood to include ruck coaching duties through a final playing season as well as remaining at West Coast in support roles to head coach Adam Simpson, a former teammate of Petrie’s in his playing days.

If he joins West Coast, Petrie has easy access to the west as a delisted, unrestricted free agent after he was stunningly sacked by North just weeks ahead of last month’s inglorious finals exit, despite wanting to extend his 326-game carer by another season.

He is among a host of big man recruiting prospects for Simpson and his recruiting team.

Fremantle Dockers free agent Zac Clarke and dumped emerging big man Jack Hannath are understood to have also been considered as recruiting targets as the Eaglesdesperately search for ruck talent as Naitanui and Lycett convalesce.

Petrie’srecruitment is understood to have been hotly debated among Eagles recruiting officials after an underwhelming end to his time at North.

The one-time powerhouse forward and back-up ruckman played all 23 North games last season for an average of 11 disposals an outing but only managed a total of 13 ruck hit outs and just 27 goals to take his career tally to 428.

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