Lycett up for grabs if Cox plays on
Scott Lycett. Pic: Michael O'Brien/WA News

UPDATED: Contract talks to keep promising ruckman Scott Lycett at West Coast beyond this year are on hold until Dean Cox's future is decided in a move that has opened the door for the youngster to be lured back to South Australia.

Top-four fancies Port Adelaide, who had no answer to best-afield Adelaide big man Sam Jacobs in last Sunday's shock showdown loss, are on record as saying they are looking to bolster their ruck stocks.

And 21-year-old Lycett would almost certainly fit the bill, with the 203cm South Australian out of contract at the end of the season and showing marked improvement in 2014.

The Eagles did their best to win over Lycett today naming him in their 22 to face Sydney in Sunday's season-defining clash at Patersons Stadium.

Jamie Bennell was dropped after playing all 14 games this season, joining injured defender Mitch Brown (knee) as the side's two outs.

West Coast also recalled defender Jacob Brennan for his first match of the season.

Sydney go into the clash unchanged.

After a sluggish start to the year, Sydney, led by the league's most potent forward combination of Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett, have swept to premiership favouritism.

Glamour signing Franklin has booted 40 goals in 13 games this year while Tippett has 14 majors from his five appearances.

Cox intends to see out the season and leave the call on whether to go again in 2015 until the end of the year. But the stance has left West Coast with a major dilemma, as Lycett's management is understood to be delaying any contract talks until Cox's decision is known.

The club is desperate to secure Lycett as Cox's successor.

The 2010 No.29 draft pick played for Port Adelaide in the SANFL.

Power coaching director Shaun Hart would not name Lycett as a target, but said the club needed another ruckman to complement Matthew Lobbe.

Brent Renouf and Jarrad Redden have been ruled out this season with knee injuries.

"The reality is we do not have enough back-up ruckmen," Hart said.

"We also do not have enough fit ruckmen today, so we do need to look at strengthening that area of our player list."

… we do not have enough back-up ruckmen." *Shaun Hart *

The West Australian

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