Eagles look to a Newman
Eagles look to a Newman

West Coast coach John Worsfold sees no need to rest any key players for Saturday's AFL game at Patersons Stadium against the winless Gold Coast, but it still could be an opportunity to blood some fresh talent.

The Eagles sit in fourth spot on the ladder with a 9-3 record following Saturday's three-point loss to Collingwood at the MCG.

Now it's back home this Saturday to face the Suns with Norm Smith Medallist Andrew Embley still not right to return from his shoulder injury, and Adam Selwood (infected arm) and Will Schofield (hamstring) needing to prove their fitness during the week.

"He (Embley) won't be back for two weeks, but we might be really keen to get him straight back in. The sub rule gives us the opportunity to ease them back in, so we'll weigh that up when the time is right," Worsfold said.

"The infection wasn't his (Selwood's) hand injury - it was a different infection. It was his arm and more his elbow. He's got to prove his fitness for this week.

"He's (Schofield) a chance. He ran pretty well on Friday last week. He probably won't go flat out again until Friday this week in terms of getting up to full speed."

While Worsfold sees no need to rest anyone to take on the Suns this week, it could be a chance to give exciting small forward Murray Newman a chance to make his debut.

Josh Hill and Ashton Hams have done little wrong as small forwards, but the 18-year-old Newman has been in tremendous WAFL form with Swan Districts and Worsfold feels he is edging closer and closer to his debut.

Newman has kicked 17 goals in 11 league games with the top-of-the-table Swan Districts this season including a career-best 29 disposals and five goals in round 11 against Perth, leading Worsfold to be impressed with the quick development of the first-year draftee.

"The boys have come off a recent rest, so it's not critical at this stage to give anyone a spell," he said.

"He's (Newman) very close. We've talked about him a few times this year and his form stacks up over the last month. It's as good as anyone in the WAFL.

"He certainly deserves to be given consideration. He would play in the forward line, possibly with some time through the midfield, similar to what he's been doing at Swan Districts."

As for the issue of throwing that has come up after Saturday's loss to Collingwood, Worsfold sees nothing in the debate and played it down quickly.

"I haven't really heard it or seen it. I heard Luke Darcy made some comments - I don't know if they were a criticism," Worsfold said.

"The only other thing I know about it is Jeff Gieschen made an assessment on it in terms of what happened in that game and we could have been penalised for two throws, Collingwood one. That's the issue."

The West Australian

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