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Sheed the centurion craving more success

Lendi Milestone: Dom Sheed Hear from Dom Sheed as he talks about what it means to reach 100 games with the West Coast Eagles

After living every footballer's dream, Dom Sheed would have been forgiven if he found motivation tough to come by this season.

Kicking the match-winning goal in a Grand Final is hard to top, after all.

But where others might have struggled for direction, the West Coast midfielder didn't find it difficult to refocus.

As incredibly as last year ended, Sheed wasn't satisfied with his season overall, and quickly got back to work.

The result has been the most consistent campaign of his career.

"I want more success," Sheed told AFL.com.au.

"I'm hungry. As much as last year finished off well, I wasn't happy with my season.

"I was in and out of the team. Individually, I knew what I needed to do to get better and I really was just hungry to be a consistent performer for the football club.

"I guess that's what is driving me, along with obviously wanting more success. Once you get a taste of it, you just want more of it."

Sheed started 2019 in blazing fashion, collecting a personal-high 38 touches, with 10 clearances and a goal in a round one Gabba defeat to the Lions.

He hasn't looked back since.

The 24-year-old ranks in the top three at West Coast for disposals, clearances and inside 50s, has booted 15 goals, and has rarely had a down day.

"You look at the elite midfielders in the competition, week-in, week-out they're performing and their playing good, consistent footy," Sheed said.

"There's not a big gap between their best and worst.

"That's a level I want to get to, and I've still got a bit of work to do in that space." 

Significantly, Sheed will tick-off all 22 home and away games for the first time against Hawthorn this Saturday night, in his 100th career match.

"It's been a bit of a different journey," he said.

"I think I've been pretty much dropped in every season I've played in since getting drafted (pick 11 in 2013), so it's definitely been hard, but I've enjoyed it.

"It's (100 games) something I'll look back on and be proud of, for sure.

"It feels like it's taken forever to get there."

Reviewing last Sunday's six-point loss to Richmond, West Coast coach Adam Simpson identified failings at the contest after a red-hot seven-goal first quarter as a clear area for improvement.

"Obviously Dusty (Martin) got on top in there and their midfielders," Sheed said.

"I think they ended up smashing us in the contest in the second quarter, so we reviewed that in a bit of depth.

"You won't win games of footy unless you get the contest right. We had that right in the first quarter and it showed.

"We took a lot of learnings out of that game and 'Simmo' was quite positive in the review.

"We did a lot of things right, but there were a few things we need to hone in on coming into finals in a few weeks.

"It's not all doom and gloom, we've got another opportunity this week to lock in top four."

If the Eagles can overcome the Hawks, who are still in the hunt for eighth spot, a return to Brisbane looks likely in a qualifying final.

But by bouncedown this Saturday night, they will know if Carlton has done them a massive favour by upsetting Geelong and opening up a path to the top two.

Otherwise, West Coast would be relying on Richmond and the Lions' MCG encounter on Sunday, and a big enough percentage swing for them to host a final in two weeks' time.

"I think we're just going to focus on what we're doing," Sheed said.

"We can't control the outcome of the Geelong-Carlton game. We just prepare for Hawthorn. We've got to get the four points there.

"We know they're a strong team and if they play their best footy they're going to be very tough to beat.

"I haven't done the ladder predictor. I just want the win."