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AFL season preview 2014: West Coast Eagles

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)


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.

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).

Best line-up:

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

Betting (Sportingbet)

To win the flag: $17

To make the top eight: $1.75

Ultimate midfielder

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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