Eagles star shares love for Broome

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser

West Coast Eagles forward Mark LeCras said he could see himself building a nest in Broome, during a trip to the Kimberley town at the weekend.

The AFL legend was centre stage for a public meet and greet and football-signing session at Telstra Broome last Saturday, during which he discussed life in the off-season, advice for AFL potentials and his love of the Kimberley.

“I’ve been coming up here for almost 13 years and absolutely love it, the weather and the people up here are so friendly,” he said.

“I usually try and come up north for the off-season because Broome incorporates all the things I really like — the beach, and it’s got great fishing as well, I could see myself living up here one day.

“I planned on doing a little bit of fishing, cruising around and I wouldn’t mind going out to the crocodile farm to show the kids around.”

Throughout the day, the Telstra ambassador signed about 300 footballs, snapped selfies with residents and delivered some pearls of footy wisdom to local children.

“My advice would be just to be playing footy for the right reasons, if you’re up here and playing with your mates, just to make sure you’re having fun and enjoying it,” he said.

“Stick to the basics, basic skills help you go a long way — whatever level of footy you’re playing at, just do the best you can.”

“We’ve had quite a few changes (at West Coast), I’m looking forward to seeing who steps up; for me personally I’ll probably be the oldest player at the club this year so I’ll be working on my leadership and leading by example on the footy field.”

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