AFL Hall of Famer Glen Jakovich has urged West Coast to "go hunting" against Geelong tonight to keep the club's finals hopes alive.
Seemingly out of contention a month ago, the 10th-placed Eagles have put themselves back in the finals mix with strong wins over Gold Coast and Essendon in the past fortnight.
If they can beat the Cats tonight and Port Adelaide are upset by Gold Coast, they will be just one win out of eighth spot.
Charges laid against the Bombers this week over their controversial supplements program could also have a bearing on the finals, with the loss of premiership points still a possibility for the seventh-placed side.
If Essendon are disqualified from September, the ninth-placed side would replace them in an elimination final.
The Cats are second on the ladder going into tonight's game but Jakovich said they had shown signs of wear and tear late in games this year.
He said if the Eagles could take the game up to the Cats on the expanses of Patersons Stadium it would be a good sign not just for their finals chances, but for next season as well.
"For this player group, which has been up and down and inconsistent and had a lot of injuries, I think it's really important to finish off the season really, really well and sow a seed for 2014," Jakovich said.
"They've showed they can pile on some goals and with (Sharrod) Wellingham in really good touch at the moment, they really need to finish this season off and get another scalp.
"They've had some classic encounters with Geelong … they know how to expose them on a bigger ground.
"Knowing that they're the travelling side, it's long in the year, the Eagles have got to ask the question come three-quarter time. They've really got to go hunting Geelong."
Despite a disappointing season the Eagles have been one of the most effective sides at winning the ball from stoppages.
Led by evergreen ruckman Dean Cox, they are ranked first in the AFL for hit-outs, fourth for clearances and sixth for centre clearances.
Surprisingly, given their bevy of elite midfielders, Geelong have struggled in all stoppage categories. The Cats are ranked 13th for hit-outs, 16th for clearances and 14th for centre clearances.Cox will play on in 2014 after he signed a one-year contract yesterday. The 32-year-old has played 270 games and barring serious injury will break Jakovich's club games record of 276.