Retiring Andrew Embley has labelled West Coast's disappointing 2013 season a "hiccup" and has predicted the club will rebound quickly.
Embley, who will play his 250th, and last, match against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night, said the club retained a clear understanding of where it wanted to go and how to get there.
"I think the club is in a really good position," he said.
"We have a really strong vision at the football club. While we have had a bit of a hiccup this year, I believe in this group and what they are striving to become.
"It is only a matter of time before they do become the successful group that we have all been working towards."
Coach John Worsfold said fitness would determine whether Embley, 32, was joined in the team for the Crows game by another retiring premiership player, Adam Selwood, 29.
"Adam is in good form, really good form, but he did have a tight quad last weekend, so he has got to get through the week's training to prove that he is fit to play," Worsfold said.
Substandard performances by West Coast in games against Geelong and Collingwood over the past fortnight have some critics doubting whether Worsfold's tenure should be extended with a new two-year contract.
Worsfold said a new deal was not just a matter of him making a presentation to the board at season's end and being re-signed.
"It (the presentation) is a pretty important part of it," he said.
"What the board expect or would like to hear and see and what I deliver need to be pretty close together or the board may have a different direction."
But Worsfold said he would have "read the play wrong" if he was not reappointed.
Worsfold said players would be challenged to take the game on against Adelaide, but not sent out to try to achieve the significant percentage boost needed to achieve the unlikely outcome of an Eagles finals berth.
Nor did he expect his players to respond to some emerging doubt over his own future.
"I don't expect that they should be playing to make my life any easier," Worsfold said. "They should be playing to achieve what they are trying to achieve.
"If those things are going to start affecting your performance then how are you going to deal with the pressure leading up to a grand final?
"You challenge them to have that self-belief. You challenge them to back themselves."
Worsfold said defender Will Schofield had not needed surgery after being assaulted in Geelong last weekend.
He said the incident served as a reminder of the dangers "out there".
"We have had other players. Coxy (Dean Cox) has been attacked like that before," Worsfold said.
"It wasn't because he was an AFL footballer. This was just a person on the street, from what I could gather.
"It was unlucky that he was the one. Lucky that he has come out of it pretty well.
"It is not just players. I tell my kids the same stuff, just be conscious there are people out there that don't live the same values.
"He doesn't need any surgery. There are small fractures in his cheekbone that aren't displaced.
"If we were playing next week he would be available."
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson is surprised his club still holds a slight whiff of the finals despite a stinker of a season.
With Essendon kicked out of the finals by the AFL Commission, the Crows' hopes are still alive despite what Sanderson describes as a "disappointing season in a lot of regards".
Adelaide will pinch eighth spot if they beat West Coast and Port Adelaide beat Carlton, by combined margins of 61 points or greater - and Brisbane lose in Geelong, and Collingwood defeat North Melbourne.
"We need a lot of things to go right for us," Sanderson said.
"West Coast away is a tough ask but we'll certainly be going over there to put in a really good performance and hopefully get the win, and hopefully other results go our way.
"Ninth is the new eighth and we're obviously excited."
Sanderson noted the odd side of Adelaide's finals fate resting largely with bitter rivals Port Adelaide.
"We're obviously hoping that Port win well this week. It's not very often that the Crows coaching staff say that," he said.- with Australian Associated Press