It’s all happening in the West Coast Eagles camp right now, I can barely keep up!
The West Coast Eagles come into this weekend off a slightly unforeseen 8-point loss to Collingwood last week at Etihad Stadium. The club and Coach Adam Simpson have come under scrutiny since the loss and a lot of questions have been raised regarding the form of many of the senior players. The big news to come out of the club this week is that Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis has announced his retirement, stating that this season will be his last.
Watch Pridda’s announcement to his team mates below:
We take you inside, to Matt Priddis' speech to the squad. pic.twitter.com/07bpP21Dpi
— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) July 28, 2017
Priddis has been a legend of the game and the West Coast Eagles football club since his debut in 2006. He won Rookie of the Year in 2007, the John Worsfold Medal in 2013 and became a Brownlow Medallist in 2014. He was named an All Australian representative in 2015 and is the AFL all-time leading tackler, with a total of 1587 from his 235 games. Congratulations to Matt on an amazing career. #ThanksPridda
West Coast Eagles have made a few changes to their squad this week to take on the Lions at Domain Stadium. Priddis will be on the sidelines with a quad injury, Lewis Jetta is out with a calf complaint and big man Nathan Vardy will miss his first game of the season with a glute strain. Sam Mitchell comes into the squad after being rested last week, as does Malcolm Karpany, debutant Luke Partington and defender Eric Mackenzie. Andrew Gaff hits an impressive milestone this weekend, playing his 150th game.
The Brisbane Lions come into this round off a huge 30-point win over Carlton last weekend, recording just their fourth win of the season. The Lions have lost their last seven games at Domain Stadium however, they will have momentum and confidence in their favour and will be looking to stay on the winners list.
The Eagles NEED to bounce back with a convincing win over the bottom-placed Lions this week to show that they are serious about making finals this season, and to reduce some of the heat being directed their way.