Premiership hero Dom Sheed is one of four inclusions for the West Coast Eagles’ final qualifying game of the season against North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium tomorrow evening.
The man whose golden boot kicked the decider in the 2018 grand final, resumes after missing last week’s victory over St Kilda with a mild hamstring strain.
While Sheed’s run of 45 consecutive games was interrupted by the untimely injury, Sorrento-Duncraig Junior Football Club product Luke Foley will become the eighth Eagle to debut this year, while another of those eight debutants, Bailey Williams gets another chance, and Brendon Ah Chee resumes.
Ah Chee also missed the meritorious St Kilda triumph with a finger injury, but he has been given the green light to play.
Unfortunately, four-time all-Australian Jeremy McGovern will miss with a hamstring strain, while Hamish Brayshaw, who played his first senior game last week, has made way for Sheed. Also losing their positions are youngsters Xavier O’Neill and Jarrod Brander.
Brander and O’Neill have been named as emergencies with Jarrod Cameron and Harry Edwards.
The Eagles will be looking for a strong performance against the Roos, where a victory could elevate them into the top four if a few results fall their way.
They have to fulfil the first part of the contract by beating the Kangaroos and Adam Simpson is expecting a big response from a team capable of producing elite pressure.
If the Eagles can lock away their 12th win of the season, they will then anxiously await for the remainder of the final round to play out.
Victory would see the Eagles leapfrog Richmond and Geelong into third spot, but they know they must first focus on the process and the need to play well to beat North.
The composition of the final eight will not be determined until the last game of the round is played between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the Gabba on Monday night.