Close links could haunt the Hawks

Brad Sewell.

Brad Sewell.

THERE'S a lot of Hawthorn at West Coast, and Brad Sewell knows it.

But the rugged two-time premiership midfielder is hopeful that any "inside info" won't come back to haunt the Hawks come 1.40pm Saturday at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.

The Eagles have coach Adam Simpson and midfielder Xavier Ellis in their nest, men who were involved in one of those premierships each, who will come up against their former employer for the first time, although Ellis will have to overcome a corked thigh to do so.

"Simmo worked with us midfielders for a couple of years and worked with our forwards last year, and I really enjoyed playing under him in the midfield," Sewell told The Examiner yesterday.

"He has a great understanding of the game and is great with players relationship-wise and I have no doubt his enthusiasm and passion has been shining through for West Coast.

"I'm sure there will be plenty of `info', but the game is always changing and the game is always evolving and we're playing slightly different to what we were last year, but Simmo does have an understanding of all the players and he will use that."

Sewell said the second-placed Hawks would need to improve across "the board" after their hard-fought win over Greater Western Sydney in Brendon Bolton's first game in charge which followed successive losses to ladder-leading Port Adelaide and Sydney.

"There are a number of things that we are looking to improve on, but that's an evolution that never ends.

"But being able to play a number of young guys [such as Angus Litherland, Jonathan Ceglar, Mitch Hallahan, Will Langford and Billy Hartung] is going to hold us in good stead down the track, and the upside is we're still second on the ladder and we're still in a strong position."

After a delayed start to the season due to persistent hamstring problems, the 30-year-old, 192-game player has collected 18 and 23 disposals in his two outings.

"I'm feeling good, and that delayed start will be a positive at the end of the season as I will be fresh.

"I'm covering the ground well, feeling good, and provided I keep doing what I need to do for the side, I'll keep moving in the right direction."

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