West Coast coach Adam Simpson wants Scott Lycett to maintain his aggressive style despite the ruckman’s latest head-high hit.
Lycett faces a nervous wait to see if his high bump on North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell will be penalised by the AFL’s match review panel.
The 23-year-old wasn’t reported for the incident, and Ziebell wasn’t badly hurt. But the high nature of the bump could land Lycett in trouble.
Lycett was suspended for one match earlier this season after striking Richmond’s Ty Vickery in the face.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson doesn’t think Lycett’s latest incident is anything to worry about.
“I didn’t think there was too much in that, but we’ll find out this week,” Simpson said.
“It looked like part of the game. I didn’t think that was deliberate.
“We want him aggressive. Ruckmen need to be aggressive.
“You can’t survive in this comp if you’re not assertive in that position.”
Lycett played a critical role in Sunday’s 32-point win over North Melbourne.
Although Kangaroos ruckman Todd Goldstein tallied a whopping 65 hit-outs, Lycett helped ensure West Coast only lost the clearance battle by five.
He also restricted Goldstein to just 11 disposals and one goal.
“We were really happy with Scott,” Simpson said.
“Obviously we were missing Nic (Naitanui), and Scott’s taken on more and more responsibility. He never gave up today. It was a step forward for him.”
The fifth-placed Eagles (10-5) are just one win adrift of second spot ahead of games against lesser lights Carlton (MCG), Melbourne, Collingwood (MCG) and Fremantle.
Former Lion Jack Redden is in line for a recall for Sunday’s clash with Carlton after notching 34 disposals in the WAFL.
Lewis Jetta and Josh Hill are under pressure to hold their spots after tallying just nine disposals each against the Kangaroos.