West Coast star Luke Shuey has promised to continue his attacking style throughout the finals despite having a nightmare start to last year's campaign.
Shuey was run down three times against Collingwood, conceding free kicks for holding the ball each time. He tried to overcome that problem the next week against Carlton, but couldn't rediscover the form that saw him finish runner-up in the AFL Rising Star award to Essendon's Dyson Heppell and fifth in West Coast's best and fairest.
The 22-year-old has again enjoyed a stellar season, prompting several clubs to tag him in the second half of the year. His hard running has been an integral part of the team's success and Shuey is ranked in the top four at West Coast for clearances, inside 50s, bounces and goal assists.
He said it was crucial that he continued to back himself during Sunday's elimination final against North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium, but also make the most of his experience from last season.
"I really had no idea what to expect going into the finals. I'm really looking forward to this year," he said. "I don't want to change the way I play. One of the most important things these days is a midfielder's ability to get the ball away from a stoppage and score.
"I'm not going to change my focus going into the game this week. I've been able to slowly build up from last year's finals and hopefully I've learnt a bit."
With Matt Rosa making a bold bid to return from a fractured collarbone, West Coast's midfield could have plenty of running power for the clash. Rosa appeared likely to spend up to four weeks on the sidelines but is hoping to return after missing just one match.
Coach John Worsfold said the wingman had to prove that he could bump and tackle at training before being selected.
"If he ticks all of those boxes, he will be available," Worsfold said.
"It's an amazing effort. The surgery went well for him.
"The surgeon basically said 'you've got a steel plate in there, the fracture we could line up really well. So depending on how much pain you can put up with, in terms of starting your rehab, as soon as you're comfortable to play, you're right to go'.
"He took that on board. He trained over the weekend.
"He started doing weights and he's giving himself every chance to play this weekend."
West Coast have beaten North Melbourne twice this season and both games have been tinged with controversy.North Melbourne coach Brad Scott accused the Eagles of deliberating drawing high tackles in round six. The Roos were also unhappy when West Coast accused Lindsay Thomas of diving as part of Shuey's tribunal defence after their round-15 clash.