Sinclair far from settled in Eagles nest
Sinclair far from settled in Eagles nest

Upgraded rookie Callum Sinclair admits his inclusion in West Coast's line-up is a week-by-week prospect and that he could easily face the axe over coming weeks based on team balance.

The 24-year-old has played in both of the Eagles two matches to start the year after entering the pre-season on the club's rookie list.

Sinclair has been used as an extra tall forward and has pinch hit in the ruck to lend support to both Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.

The jury is still out on the move's success, with Sinclair booting 1.2 from 12 disposals and three marks during yesterday's 93-point thrashing of Melbourne at the MCG.

He has been selected by coach Adam Simpson ahead of Scott Lycett during the first two rounds, but said he realised his spot wasn't guaranteed.

"People probably wouldn't have thought I'd be playing round one," Sinclair said.

"I was probably doubting it myself a little bit, but the coaching staff have shown a bit of faith in me to play a bit of a role with Coxy and Nic.

"At this stage it's going quite well with the three talls - all of us playing and all contributing, which is good.

"One of our strengths is we've got some great tall players, even some guys playing in the WAFL as well. We're just trying to utilise that for the rest of the year hopefully.

"As long as it's not comprising the balance of the side, it can be used as a strength. But it's a week-by-week thing. It really depends on who we're playing and who we match up on."

Sinclair's inclusion has come with Naitanui coming off an interrupted pre-season.

Naitanui played just two practice matches heading into the season after battling groin issues last year and is still working his way towards full fitness.

The West Australian

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