West Coast coach Adam Simpson insists he’s not stressing about the poor form of Lewis Jetta just yet despite having to axe the former Swan for the third time this season.
Jetta has been dropped for Sunday’s AFL clash with Carlton at the MCG after tallying just nine disposals in last week’s win over North Melbourne.
The 27-year-old has struggled to fire since crossing from Sydney to West Coast at the end of last season, and his hopes of playing a key role in the Eagles’ premiership push appear to be fading.
But Simpson is optimistic the 2012 premiership star will work his way back into form soon.
Jetta will travel to Melbourne as the team’s emergency this week, giving him a slight chance of earning a late reprieve against the Blues.
“You go in with a pretty open mind when you get new recruits,” Simpson said on Friday.
“It’s a longer term thing. It’s not something I’m stressing about.
“I’m sure he’s disappointed, and he should be. But we’ll be ok.
“He understands where he’s at. He understands there’s work to do. But we’re both positive about where he’s heading.”
Former Lion Jack Redden will replace Jetta in the side after tallying a combined 62 disposals and three goals in his past two WAFL matches.
Redden, who underwent adductor surgery over summer, struggled to find form for the Eagles earlier this season.
But Simpson is optimistic the 25-year-old is finally ready to do what he does best – hunt the ball.
The selection battle at West Coast is set to intensify further over the coming weeks, with defender Eric Mackenzie and midfielder Dom Sheed among the players looking to earn a recall.
Carlton were dealt a triple blow on the selection front, with Levi Casboult (suspended), Andrew Walker (knee), and Dale Thomas (calf) all ruled out.
Simpson said he would consider using Mark Hutchings in a tagging role to curb the influence of star Blues midfielder Patrick Cripps.
West Coast started the round just one win adrift of second spot, and a win over Carlton would further bolster their top-four hopes.