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West Coast Eagles confirm Hamish Brayshaw will make his AFL debut against St Kilda

The famous Brayshaw name will add a fourth string to its bow tomorrow night, with Hamish confirmed to make his debut against St Kilda.

The young Eagles midfielder will become the club’s fifth debutant in eight matches as they scramble through an injury crisis.

West Coast are looking to cover Jack Redden (thumb) and Mark Hutchings (hamstring) off a four-day break, with a top-four position slipping from their reach as the injuries take toll.

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Coach Adam Simpson said he’d worked hard to earn the opportunity.

“Hamish is our 255th Eagle, (we’re) really proud of that,” Simpson told reporters today.

“He deserves a game. We’re a few soldiers down, but we’ve got some excitement with some young players getting opportunity.”

His inclusion is one of a host of changes for the injury-hit side.

“We’re going to make six changes, five of those are forced changes,” Simpson admitted.

“Dom Sheed has a slight hammy, so he is unavailable.

“(Brendon) Ah Chee is not available, he has a finger injury. (Jack) Redden, Hutchings, (Lewis) Jetta are out. And (Tom) Hickey makes way for (Nic) Naitanui.”

Speaking yesterday, stand-in skipper Jeremy McGovern endorsed the 22-year-old to make his mark at the top level.

West Coast Eagles at training, Hamish Brayshaw.
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles at training, Hamish Brayshaw. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

“He’s a great kid,” McGovern said.

“He’s worked pretty hard playing in the WAFL. He’s pretty contested, clean and is a bigger body as well.”

Hamish’s older brother Angus, 24, is a key cog in Melbourne’s line-up while his younger brother Andrew, 20, is having a career-best year at Fremantle.

His Dad Mark played 32 games for North Melbourne, while uncle James is heavily involved in AFL’s media circles following a first-class cricket career.

Hamish was presented jumper number 22 by former Eagle Drew Petrie and will become the club’s 255th representative tomorrow night.

He has been made to wait for his opportunity and the club has described him as having “been ready for a while”.

The speedy mid was initially taken by West Coast with pick 69 in the 2017 draft but was de-listed at the end of last season.

The club re-drafted him as a rookie for the 2020 season, where he’s finally earned his maiden appearance in the home-and-away season’s penultimate round.

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