2014 preview: West Coast
Can the West Coast Eagles improve in 2014? Rohan Connolly and Emma Quayle preview the Eagles ahead of their AFL premiership campaign.PT0M0S 620 349
Will West Coast be revived by having a fresh face at the helm, in new coach Adam Simpson?
Coach: Adam Simpson
Captain: Darren Glass
Last five years: 11-16-4-5-13
Premierships: 3 (1992, 1994, 2006)
Sharrod Wellingham. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Key five: Josh Kennedy, Nic Naitanui, Darren Glass, Scott Selwood, Matt Priddis
One to watch: Sharrod Wellingham.
A serious ankle injury limited the former Collingwood premiership player to only 10 games in his debut season for the Eagles. If he can return to his best, Wellingham will add a good deal of polish to the West Coast midfield.
Scott Selwood. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Ins: Tom Barrass (Claremont WAFL), Xavier Ellis (Hawthorn), Malcolm Karpany (Woodville-West Torrens SANFL), Dylan Main (South Fremantle WAFL), Dom Sheed (Subiaco WAFL), Elliot Yeo (Brisbane Lions).
Outs: Bradd Dalziell (delisted), Brad Dick (retired), Andrew Embley (retired), Ashton Hams (retired), Daniel Kerr (retired), Cale Morton (delisted), Mark Nicoski (retired), Adam Selwood (retired).
B: Brad Sheppard, Darren Glass, Beau Waters
HB: Shannon Hurn, Eric Mackenzie, Will Schofield
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff
HD: Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Xavier Ellis
F: Nic Naitanui, Josh Kennedy, Josh Hill
R: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Matt Priddis
I: Chris Masten, Matt Rosa, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed
Predicted finish: 12th
To win the flag: $17
To make the top eight: $1.75
8. Scott Selwood, WCE
A consistent, tackle-happy midfielder, Selwood has consistently improved his average by 10 or more points every year. While that can’t continue indefinitely, he looks like one of the 100+ scorers most likely to maintain this in 2014. He has added high disposal numbers to an already strong tackling game, and will benefit from the return of Nic Naitanui to the midfield group. There has been some talk about him taking on more defensive responsibilities, but even then he’s capable of both shutting down an opponent and winning his own footy.
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