West Coast midfielder Chris Masten has labelled 2013 a wasted year for the club.
Masten yesterday gave a stinging assessment of the season that promised so much but delivered so little for the pre-season premiership fancies, saying it would be "disgusting" if the players' poor performances cost coach John Worsfold a contract extension.
"People were saying we were going to be playing off in the grand final and we were going to be the team to beat and stuff like that," Masten said.
"Maybe we got a bit ahead of ourselves because we haven't played one game where it even looked like that.
"I definitely feel like we wasted an opportunity and it is such a hard gig. How many years are we going to be good?
"And we just wasted one whole year, so it's disappointing."
The 24-year-old, who has been one of the team's most consistent performers this season, said the players needed to respond after successive 10-goal thumpings.
Masten said some Eagles would be playing for their careers against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night.
"The guys have got to put their best foot forward and really finish the season off well because it has been a bit unacceptable, our season," he said.
"Woosha has made mention that a lot of the boys have been playing not up to AFL standard and that is not good enough."
Masten said he hoped Worsfold would coach on but admitted the players had done him no favours in recent weeks.
"As a playing group that is a bit disgusting," he said. "The boys are definitely going to stand up and we all want to play for him and he's a great coach, so hope- fully we can get it done."
Masten said it was also important they honoured the 250th, and likely final, game for veteran Andrew Embley.
Adam Selwood, who has already announced his retirement, could also be given a farewell game against the Crows.
·West Coast have ruled defender Will Schofield out of the match against Adelaide with a fractured cheekbone after he was assaulted in his home town Geelong early on Sunday.
Schofield was among a group of West Coast players who were granted permission to stay in Victoria for the weekend after the team's loss to Collingwood on Friday night. The club said the injury wouldn't require surgery.
"The guys have got to put their best foot forward and really finish the season off well …"" *Chris Masten *