West Coast's John Worsfold is at odds with many of his coaching counterparts, declaring players will adapt if the AFL follows through on its promise to cap rotations for the 2014 season.
Speaking at West Coast's season launch yesterday, Worsfold supported the view of AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou on the contentious issue.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, Adelaide's Brenton Sanderson and Hawthorn's Alastair Clarkson are among those to have spoken out against any cap on rotations.
Worsfold said the Eagles would be prepared if the league opted to put a cap on rotations.
"Me personally, I am comfortable that it won't make much difference whatever it is," Worsfold said.
"These (NAB Cup) games are a little bit shorter, 80 worked pretty well on the weekend.
"The players just have to change mindset again from going absolutely flat out for six to seven minutes, then coming off for a rest, to knowing they have to pace themselves a bit and stay out there like some champions of the game did for the entirety of their careers.
"The players will adjust and cope, there is no doubt about that.
"We know a fair bit about our players. We know how they will cope differently with rotations-rest. There are players that are already priorities for having rests in a quarter and there are players that aren't priorities. Nothing will really change there."
Meanwhile, Worsfold all but ruled recruit Sharrod Wellingham, still in a moon boot yesterday after a trampolining accident, out of the round-one clash with Fremantle on March 23.
"As you can see he is still in a boot so it is not the normal sprained ankle," Worsfold said.
"The surgeon saw him at the weekend and elected to leave the boot on for a longer period so that is making it pretty tough.
"It means he won't have put any weight on that for about three weeks and then it will take about another three weeks to get him up and ready to play.
"That would take round one and maybe round two out of the equation but it is hard to predict from here what his program would be."
Worsfold said Wellingham's disappointment would be heightened by the fact that he was injured outside football.
"I am sure that there is some regret on his part around the fact that it didn't happen as part of the high-risk sport that he plays," Worsfold said.
Worsfold said he was confident Andrew Embley would be fit to play in round one despite injuring a hamstring last weekend.
Beau Waters is likely to have his first match practice of the pre-season on Saturday against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs. Worsfold also expects Adam Selwood to return to the team for the game.
But Mark Nicoski's competitive return from a serious hamstring injury appears less certain.
"He has had a couple of setbacks in terms of pulling back his training load," Worsfold said.
"But he could be back in full training next week.""The players will adjust and cope, there is no doubt about that." " *John Worsfold *
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