Premiership player Adam Selwood considers his first WAFL stint in five years as a test of character as he fights desperately for a spot in West Coast's best 22.
The 28-year-old pulled on an East Perth jumper at Medibank Stadium on Saturday against Peel to build match fitness following a fortnight out with an arm infection.
Selwood responded with an industrious performance that built a solid case for a recall for Sunday's clash with Sydney.
His class showed with a best-on-ground performance, playing predominantly as a midfielder rather than in defence. The 168-game Eagle amassed a match-high 34 disposals and had seven clearances.
He wasn't surprised to be sent to the WAFL after watching premiership defender Sam Butler twice have to claw his way back into the senior line-up this season.
"You can't get disappointed because the guys that are in the side are there for a reason," Selwood said. "We're very even, the back line. We're very deep.
"Butts (Butler) has been through it, Lynchy (Quinten Lynch) has been through it, where you have to go back and fight and get your way back in.
"It's a good test of character. It's good quality footy that you still get to play. You've just got to think positive and not dwell too much on it."
The only shortcoming in Selwood's performance was his goal kicking, twice shanking set shots from inside 50m.
"It's out of my control," Selwood said of selection. "All I've got to do is play good footy. I try to do that every week. If it's good enough, they'll pick me."
Selwood noticed the infection had taken a fair bit out of him physically once he returned to training.
He originally went into the club's 10-point win over Carlton last month with a sore elbow. His injured arm swelled after taking a knock during the game.
"The next day I went in to try and get it drained," Selwood said. "We thought it was bursitis (the inflammation of a fluid sac).
"It was a heavy infection and within an hour I had to get to hospital and spent pretty much of the whole weekend in there. It was just one of those ones that I couldn't control, but I'm finally over it."