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West Coast coach Adam Simpson refuses to put Nic Naitanui, Elliot Yeo on ice for 2022 season

West Coast coach Adam Simpson is refusing to put Nic Naitanui and Elliot Yeo on ice for the remainder of the season, as the injury-plagued pair push for a return in the remaining five rounds.

Naitanui won’t return to face St Kilda on Sunday, while the Saints will also be without their own star ruckman in Paddy Ryder (calf), while Yeo is firming to play against Gold Coast in round 20, following a hamstring setback.

Connor West, Greg Clark and Josh Rotham have been added to the extended squad, while Tim Kelly (corked thigh) and Callum Jamieson (adductor) both proved their fitness ahead of the Optus Stadium clash on Sunday.

Mid-season recruit Jai Culley has retained his spot after an impressive debut against Hawthorn.

Naitanui and Yeo have each mustered just AFL five games for the year, with Naitanui managed last week after battling through knee soreness against Carlton the round prior.

“We’ll make the right call for him (Naitanui) but we’re not packing up and going home, there’s still five rounds to go,” Simpson said.

“If these guys are available, in particular Nic and Elliot Yeo, I think it’s good for them to play.”

Elliot Yeo is sidelined against with another injury.
Camera IconElliot Yeo is sidelined against with another injury. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos

The club has already ruled out Dom Sheed, Jeremy McGovern and Tom Joyce, while Oscar Allen, Luke Edwards, Campbell Chesser and Tom Cole remain on the inactive list.

Willie Rioli is set to miss another match, having been granted indefinite personal leave following the passing of his father last week.

Simpson revealed the 2-15 Eagles will use the final rounds of the season to experiment with positional changes, warning senior players won’t be immune to having their magnets moved.

“Exploring guys in different positions is something we have to look at, and not just for first-gamers but also guys who perhaps need to look at something different with their careers as well,” Simpson said.

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