West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey has given new recruit Sam Mitchell a ringing endorsement, earmarking the four-time premiership player as a leadership group member in his very first season at the club.
Sheuy told The West Australian that Mitchell’s class as a leader and a player has already been evident on the training track.
“We’re in a good space with our leadership at the club in general,” Shuey said.
“I’d like to think (Mitchell) would go straight in. I think what he has to offer is fantastic for the group.”
Shuey, who won the Eagles’ best and fairest in 2016, says he expects his role in the midfielder to remain the same, despite Mitchell’s inclusion in the side.
“I’m still going to try and go out and play my natural game,” Shuey said.
“Obviously the dynamics might change from time to time, but Mitch has been great to learn off. You hear about how intelligent he is and how smart his footy brain is. It’s been good to get up close and personal with him.
“I can’t see myself changing the way I play too much, but I’m certainly looking forward to playing alongside him.”
West Coast’s midfield will now boast two Brownlow Medalist, with Mitchell joining 2014 winner, Matt Priddis in the Eagles’ engine room.