West Coast defender Tom Cole reckons it’s kind of harsh to say the Eagles are merely making up the numbers because the membership makes an attempt to keep away from lacking the finals for the primary time since 2014.
The Eagles are precariously positioned in seventh spot with a 10-10 file, and may have to win their ultimate two video games of the common season so as to safe a top-eight berth.
West Coast tackle Fremantle at Optus Stadium this Sunday, earlier than dealing with Brisbane away of their ultimate sport.
The Eagles are aiming to make a seventh straight finals collection.
However even when West Coast do qualify they’ve already been written off as a authentic premiership contender by most pundits.
Cole feels that is a bit unfair, particularly given the electrical soccer West Coast produced within the ultimate quarter of Monday night time’s nine-point loss to Melbourne.
“I feel it is fairly harsh. We now have confidence in our skill after we play at our greatest, and we confirmed that within the fourth quarter,” Cole mentioned.
“If we will deliver that very same mindset and depth that we did in that final quarter for the remainder of the 12 months, then the sky is the restrict.”
The Eagles have gained a derby-record 11 straight video games towards Fremantle, which has improved the head-to-heard file to 32-20
Cole mentioned the dominant profitable run hadn’t been spoken about a lot throughout the group, with the main focus largely centred on ensuring the Eagles qualify for finals.
“It’ll be a struggle. We’re each preventing for a spot within the finals. I am positive will probably be a sizzling sport,” he mentioned.
The Eagles might welcome again skipper Luke Shuey (calf), defender Tom Barrass (hamstring), and ahead Liam Ryan (hamstring) in what can be an enormous triple increase.
Former captain Shannon Hurn goes out with a hamstring harm, whereas ahead Josh Kennedy (knee) remains to be in some doubt.
Fremantle had been dealt an enormous blow when star midfielder Andrew Brayshaw did not overturn his one-match ban on the AFL Tribunal.
Brayshaw joins Nat Fyfe, Rory Lobb, Michael Walters, and Brennan Cox on a star-studded harm checklist.
The Twelfth-placed Dockers are 11th of September, and might want to beat West Coast and St Kilda to have any probability of sneaking into the finals.