The revolving door to the unsettled West Coast line-up has continued to swing, because the Eagles made six changes to their 22 for Monday night’s conflict with North Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
It takes the overall variety of changes the Eagles have made for the previous three video games to 15.
West Coast, who’ve an 8-7 document following consecutive losses, could possibly be enjoying to maintain onto their spot within the eight after being jumped on the ladder by cross-town rivals Fremantle on Saturday following the Dockers’ huge win over Hawthorn in Launceston.
After failing to deal with the slippery circumstances against the Western Bulldogs a fortnight in the past, the Eagles’ wet-weather utility is once more set to be examined. The forecast for Monday is for 15-25mm of rain and a potential storm.
West Coast dropped back-up ruckman Nathan Vardy in addition to children Luke Edwards and Luke Foley from the aspect that was belted by Sydney at GMHBA Stadium final weekend.
The omissions got here on high of the lack of injured trio Jamaine Jones (ankle), Jack Redden (knee) and Alex Witherden (groin).
The six inclusions are headlined by wingman Andrew Gaff, who missed the loss to the Swans with a thumb fracture, and high-flier Liam Ryan, who has served a one-match suspension.
Defenders Josh Rotham and Jackson Nelson earned reprieves, whereas utility Brendon Ah Chee has been named to play his first game since spherical 11. Forward Jack Petruccelle returns to the 22 after approaching because the substitute final week.
Edwards is ready to be the substitute after fellow emergencies O’Neill, Foley and Vardy performed within the WAFL on Saturday.
The choice to pass over Vardy means West Coast will once more revert to utilizing utility Oscar Allen as ruck help for Nic Naitanui.
Fellow utility Jarrod Brander, who initially got here out of the crew after spherical 11 with a groin damage after which couldn’t get again in, is anticipated to miss two to three weeks with a again damage sustained at coaching on Thursday.
Defender Brad Sheppard is match to play after an damage to a nerve in his arm at the identical session prompted him to quickly lose feeling in it.
Last-placed North Melbourne named an unchanged 22 from the aspect that misplaced to the Western Bulldogs by 29 factors final weekend. Kangaroos wingman Jared Polec was not noted, regardless of making his return from damage by way of the VFL final weekend.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson mentioned he hoped to decide on a extra constant crew.
“To be honest we’ve changed the team probably too much in the last four or five weeks – some through necessity,” Simpson mentioned.
“So the continuity of our players on the park is something we’re working on.
“It’s been part of our issue really. We get one or two players back and we lose one or two.”
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