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Team announcement: Six changes for clash with Bombers

Dual John Worsfold medallist Elliot Yeo returns to West Coast's line-up tomorrow night

The West Coast Eagles’ defensive rock, its midfield bull and an exciting teenage forward are among half a dozen inclusions for tomorrow night’s blockbuster clash against Essendon at Optus Stadium.

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Skipper Shannon Hurn and midfielder Elliot Yeo, both all-Australians during their illustrious careers, have been cleared fit to resume from one-week injury breaks, while Jarrod Cameron, the first Naitanui Academy selection to play for the club, will make his debut.

Cameron was living in Newman when he fell under the umbrella of the BHP Kicking Goals program under the auspices of WAFL club Swan Districts and West Coast.   

Also coming into the team are defender Jackson Nelson, veteran midfielder Chris Masten and young forward-ruckman Oscar Allen.

The match committee has reshaped the team in the wake of a sub-par performance against Sydney before having last weekend off for a mid-season refresher.

Going out of the team are suspended duo Willie Rioli and Nathan Vardy, versatile young tall Jake Waterman, defenders Josh Rotham and Tom Cole, as well as midfielder Josh Smith.

Cameron comes into the team as the logical replacement for Rioli. He has shone in WAFL matches, kicking four goals a few weeks ago, but he also brings a range of other attributes that should excite Eagles fans.

Hurn could not be considered for the Swans game because of a hamstring strain and his back-half stability and direction was missed while Yeo, the dual Club Champion, was also an absentee with a calf strain and the Eagles lacked his strength and influence in the clinches.

On a day when another star midfielder, last year’s player of the finals, Jack Redden play his 200th AFL match there will be plenty at stake for the opening game of round 14.