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West Coast considering radical plan to get star ruckman Nic Naitanui back early, while Dom Sheed is in doubt

West Coast are flirting with the idea of deploying ruckman Nic Naitanui as a virtual centre bounce specialist in a surprise comeback from his knee injury against Essendon at Optus Stadium on Friday night.

While the Eagles have increasingly taken the WAFL route for player comebacks on the back of their COVID and injury woes, Naitanui’s ability as a centre square weapon even on limited minutes means they have given consideration to a direct return.

West Coast also have the option of bringing Naitanui back through their reserves team, which hosts South Fremantle at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday.

The 32-year-old trained strongly on Tuesday.

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