Eagles confident they can cover Kennedy
Eagles confident they can cover Kennedy

Luke Shuey says West Coast have the firepower in attack to cover for the suspended Josh Kennedy against Brisbane at the Gabba this Saturday night.

Kennedy has accepted a one-match ban for his high bump on Sydney defender Zak Jones during the first term of Sunday’s 28-point loss at Patersons Stadium.

The absence of the club’s leading goal kicker will put add pressure onto the shoulders of Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Jeremy McGovern to kick a winning score against the Lions.

Shuey said there were plenty of options to cover for their spearhead.

“We’ve seen Jeremy McGovern come in and show he’s more than capable of playing a key-position role up forward for us,” Shuey said.

“If anything, we’re spoilt for forwards. Hopefully we’d like to think we can cover Joshy’s loss.

“It’s a must-win game for us this week going into the bye. I’m confident we can cover Joshy’s loss and should be capable of kicking a winning score.”

Nic Naitanui trained strongly at this morning’s session in a sign he will return to the line-up.

The dynamic ruckman completed the full one-hour session and spent time on ruck work and marking on the lead.

Regulars Matt Priddis, Eric Mackenzie and Andrew Gaff did not take part in the session.

Shuey spoke this afternoon in conjunction with launching the club’s 10th annual Dig Deep campaign.

The Eagles have raised more than $900,000 to date through the initiative, which collects much-needed funds for the work carried out by the Cancer Council WA.

The West Australian

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