Milestone man Dom Sheed is assured West Coast can be again in flag competition earlier than his AFL profession ends, regardless of the membership’s horror run of on-field outcomes.
The Eagles sit final on the desk with a 1-10 report and a proportion of 54.8.
Their poor type follows on from final season’s 2-20 marketing campaign, with mass accidents cruelling West Coast’s hopes of being aggressive over the previous two years.
Sheed will mark his 150-game milestone in Saturday’s conflict with the ladder-leading Magpies in Perth.
The 28-year-old is decided to be part of West Coast’s subsequent flag-winning facet, and he is optimistic he’ll nonetheless be taking part in when the membership are again within the premiership window.
“The AFL world can change so rapidly,” Sheed instructed reporters on Tuesday.
“We take confidence away from that.
“Like we noticed with Collingwood, ending seventeenth (in 2021), then they made finals the next 12 months.
“I’ve little doubt, if we persist with our plan, we are able to contend whereas I am nonetheless round.”
When requested how lengthy he has left in his profession, Sheed joked: “Simmo (coach Adam Simpson) reckons I am midway there.
“I am into my tenth 12 months. I by no means thought I would get to 150 (video games), so I’ve stunned myself already.
“I would wish to assume I’ve bought a number of extra in me.”
Sheed has skilled loads of highs all through his profession however nothing beats his clutch set-shot from the boundary to win the 2018 grand ultimate towards Collingwood.
“It appears like a lifetime in the past now,” he stated.
“It is in all probability one thing I am going to extra replicate on on the finish of my profession.”
Sheed retains one major objective – to win one other flag with West Coast.
The Eagles are at present on an equal club-record nine-match dropping run, and so they face an enormous battle to keep away from hitting double digits towards the red-hot Magpies.
“Each groups are in a barely completely different place for the time being – prime versus final on the ladder,” Sheed stated.
“Hopefully we are able to deliver our greatest footy.
“We took a step ahead final week towards Essendon, compared to the week earlier than, so hopefully we are able to try this once more towards one of the best workforce within the comp for the time being.”
Sheed suffered an harm scare when he copped a knock to his ankle in final week’s 50-point loss to the Bombers however the midfielder stated he had pulled up effectively and could be match to deal with Collingwood.
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