West Coast recruit Lewis Jetta is a good chance to make his AFL return for Friday night’s crunch AFL clash with Hawthorn at Domain Stadium.
Jetta has been dropped three times already this season following an inconsistent run of form since crossing from Sydney.
The 27-year-old last played for the Eagles in round 16, when he tallied just nine disposals in a home win over North Melbourne.
But strong WAFL performances over the past fortnight have thrust Jetta’s name back into the selection mix.
Jetta has posted tallies of 23 and 24 disposals in his past two WAFL games.
And with Eagles youngster Simon Tunbridge facing a three-match suspension, the door is open for Jetta to return.
“Jetts has had such a tremendous attitude,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
“Obviously he’d be feeling a bit of the pressure. He wants to be playing seniors.
“So to front up and play the way he did on the weekend, we’re really pleased with.”
Former Lion Jack Redden will find it tough to earn a recall after tallying just nine disposals in the WAFL.
West Coast kept their top-four hopes alive when Nic Naitanui’s last-gasp goal gave them a one-point win over GWS last week.
Eagles runners did their best to let West Coast players know how much time was left on the clock in the dying minutes.
But they might need to also relay the scoreboard info next time.
“Strangely enough, I don’t reckon the guys knew the score. I reckon some of the guys thought it was a draw after the game,” Simpson said with a laugh.
“So trying to stay in tune with what’s happening with the scoreboard, let alone the time left, is always a challenge.”