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Brooksby in the mix to face Crows

Simpson press conference 22.05.19 Adam Simpson speaks to the media ahead of our Round 10 away clash with the Crows!

Pre-season supplemental selection period acquisition Keegan Brooksby is in the mix to play his first game as an Eagle on Saturday.

West Coast senior coach Adam Simpson said the match committee would consider picking Brooksby for his club debut after confirming Tom Hickey would be sidelined for at least one week due to an ankle injury.

The South Australian has been a standout for the club’s WAFL team this year, averaging more than 34 hitouts per game in the state league competition.

He also has experience playing at the highest level, having registered 14 games across three seasons with the Gold Coast Suns from 2015 to 2017.

“He’s been great for us this year,” Simpson said of Brooksby.

“For a mature age player with nothing to lose, it’s what we needed at WAFL level. We’re very young and his leadership down there has been first class.

“He’s had some really, really good games for us. His ability to play like a man has been great for us and he’s definitely in the mix this week.”

While Brooksby is a possibility to face Adelaide, Nathan Vardy is a lock for the clash with the Crows, according to Simpson.

He said the club would continue to back in the premiership-winning big man despite his recent form struggles.

“I don’t think he’s playing at his best at the moment and he’d be the first to admit that,” he said.

“He did a pretty good job the week before and had a tough day at the office with Hickey at the weekend.

“I think we conceded god knows how many hitouts, but first possession and clearances, I don’t think we got annihilated. He was part of that.”

Simpson suggested several players were in the running to fill voids left by the suspended Lewis Jetta and injured Daniel Venables (concussion).

Will Schofield, Jackson Nelson, Josh Rotham, Jake Waterman, Jarrod Cameron and Brendon Ah Chee were among a long list of names thrown up by the senior coach at today's media conference.

Whoever Simpson picks, they’ll have to be prepared for a physical match against the battle-hardened Crows.

Don Pyke’s men have knuckled down following a rough start to the season and have climbed to seventh on the ladder on the back of their work in the clinched.

Adelaide currently ranks fourth for contested possessions in the league, 14 spots higher than West Coast.

“They have slightly changed the way they play. They’re up for the fight, that’s for sure,” Simpson said.

“They are very workman like with the way they work across the ground as well.

"Their backline is standing up really well, they have really dangerous rebounding half-backs, the midfield is as good as any and the front half has always been damaging. And they’re really healthy with their list as well.

“They’ve been in pretty good touch.”