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Hill getting found out , says ex-teammate
West Coast Eagles forward Josh Hill. Picture: Lincoln Baker / The West Australian.

West Coast forward Josh Hill 'goes missing' too often in big games and isn't doing enough to help an Eagles forward line ravaged by injury, according to a former Bulldog.

Hill was among the least effective Eagles on the field in yesterday's 65-point western derby loss to Fremantle, registering only seven disposals and failing to kick a goal.

Speaking on the Sunday Footy Show, former Bulldogs and Richmond forward Nathan Brown said the 23-year-old struggled to cope when better defenders where sent to him.

"Josh Hill is getting found out now," Brown said.

"It's getting a little bit harder and (when) some of their big tall guys are out of the side he becomes one of the keys for them and he just gets found wanting in big games.

"This is why the Bulldogs got rid of him, he doesn't deal well with having someone playing on him tight.

"When he's the fifth or sixth forward he's able to float in and get on the end of it but when the game is tight I think Josh Hill goes missing far too often."

Despite the criticism, Hill has been a welcome addition to the Eagles since being traded to the club byt he Western Bulldogs at the end of last season.

An injury to Mark LeCras gave the forward an opportunity in the side for round one and he has since cemented his spot with 30 goals so far this year. His previous best in a season was 33 in 2009.

Hill's highest goal tally this year is four, which he achieved both against North Melbourne in round six and Brisbane last week. Yesterday's derby is only the second time he has failed to kick a goal for the Eagles.