West Coast have dropped ruckman Scott Lycett for disciplinary reasons, but are saying little about the exact nature of the indiscretion.
Instead of leading the Eagles’ ruck against Brisbane on Saturday at the Gabba, Lycett will line up for East Perth in their WAFL clash with Perth.
Lycett’s absence comes at a bad time for West Coast, who will be without star ruckman Nic Naitanui (achilles tendon) for up to eight weeks.
Former GWS and Bombers ruckman Jonathan Giles will make his Eagles debut in place of Lycett.
Coach Adam Simpson didn’t expand on how many games Lycett would miss, or what he did wrong, other than saying it occurred after last week’s loss to Adelaide.
“Unfortunately, he’s let us down after the game on Saturday night,” Simpson said on Thursday at Perth Airport.
“Behaviours we ignore are behaviours we accept. We’re not going to accept it.
“I won’t go into detail. I’m not going to make a big song and dance about it. He’s let himself down and let us down.”
Simpson also played down fears Naitanui might miss the rest of the season.
Naitanui went under the knife on Tuesday in a procedure to address inflammation the 26-year-old had been experiencing around one of his achilles tendons.
The club originally said Naitanui would miss the next six to eight weeks.
But there were reports he could be ruled out for the rest of the season after it emerged Naitanui ended up having surgery on both feet.
However, Simpson scoffed at talk Naitanui would be sidelined for longer than expected, saying the original 6-8 week time-frame was still accurate.
Naitanui is expected to start walking again in a few days, before slowly building up his workloads from there.
West Coast’s top-four hopes are on thin ice after slipping to 7-5 following last week’s loss to Adelaide.
But with the Eagles only taking on one top-eight side over their next seven matches, they have an excellent chance to surge up the table.
Naitanui’s expected return for the final three rounds of the home-and-away season could prove crucial, with the Eagles taking on the more-fancied GWS, Hawthorn and Adelaide during that period.