KOBY Stevens says he holds no grudges against West Coast but is out to prove his former team wrong should he make the switch to the Western Bulldogs this week.
Stevens, a tough inside midfielder from the Gippsland Power, said the decision to quit West Coast came after a chat with one of his good mates at the Eagles, Mark Nicoski, who felt that Stevens' opportunities were limited.
''I definitely wasn't homesick. I love Perth and I have some good mates there like Mark Nicoski. I took some good advice from him and looked towards next year and thought the opportunities would be pretty scarce again,'' Stevens told The Age yesterday.
After interest from St Kilda and Essendon, Stevens decided the Bulldogs would be his preferred destination after three seasons at the Eagles, which included just 11 senior matches, and four this season. He had been among the best most weeks in the WAFL but struggled to get a look in.
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney flew to Perth to meet Stevens and the player said he was impressed with the Bulldogs' direction, although, they had not guaranteed him more senior opportunities.
''I'm confident that I will be able to play more AFL games but it's never a given. You have to work hard for them,'' he said.
''It was a tough decision to make. Myself and my manager Ned Guy went through a process and the Bulldogs put their case forward and I was just really impressed with what the coach, Brendan McCartney, had to say.''
Stevens, a No. 23 selection in the 2009 AFL draft, will add to the Bulldogs' raft of exciting midfielders, which include Mitch Wallis, Tom Liberatore and Luke Dahlhaus.