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Eagles to welcome back premiership stars

By Justin Chadwick 18/06/2008 04:23:33 PM Comments (0)

West Coast will welcome back up to six premiership players for Saturday night's AFL clash against Geelong but coach John Worsfold says the injection of experience won't necessarily translate into on-field success.

Daniel Kerr (calf), Chad Fletcher (back) and Michael Braun (knee) are almost certain to return after recovering from injury, while Ashley Hansen, Steven Armstrong and Beau Waters are also available for selection.

The Eagles are languishing in 15th spot on the table with just two wins to their name but Worsfold warned that the return of premiership players wouldn't necessarily mean a better performance.

"The number of premiership players doesn't really mean anything because some of our premiership players, like Sam Butler, aren't necessarily adding a lot more experience," Worsfold said.

Geelong fullback Matthew Scarlett will spend another week on the sidelines with a hamstring injury but Steve Johnson is free to play after being cleared by the AFL match review panel for making contact with his head on Port Adelaide's Troy Chaplin.

On paper it would seem the Eagles have no chance of beating Geelong but Worsfold dared to dream his team could pull off a major upset against the defending premiers at Subiaco Oval.

"In every game I've ever been involved with as a player or a coach there's never been any guarantee of winning and there's never been any guarantee of playing at your best," Worsfold said.

"So basically that means every time you play a game, whether you are the favourites or the underdogs, you go out there and do your best and you are a chance of winning."

West Coast captain Darren Glass has been knocked from pillar to post this season and showed signs last week of lingering soreness against the Bombers.

But Worsfold declared the 27-year-old a certain starter against the Cats.

"He got a couple of normal knocks in the game last week that made him pretty sore," he said.

"But like most players they hobble off and they come up and they train well and they front up again the next week."

However, Worsfold did concede the form of the two-time All-Australian had waned this season.

"He's not far away but I think he was probably in better form last year, in better touch, but he's still been very solid for us," Worsfold said.

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