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Worsfold confident of getting results

By Justin Chadwick 24/03/2009 06:28:07 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold says he has "no doubt" he will achieve the goals required this season to earn another contract with the AFL club.

Worsfold, whose current contract expires at the end of the year, will meet with West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett mid-season to push for a new deal.

But Worsfold is under pressure to produce results after the side he guided to the 2006 premiership slumped to 15th last season on the back of a disastrous 4-18 win-loss record.

"There's no doubt that I'll get signed," a confident Worsfold said on Tuesday.

"Of course there are (goals I have to reach to guarantee that) but I've got no doubt I'll achieve those.

"We have to show improvement.

"I may have set my sights higher than what our board expect, I don't know.

"But I'm aiming to achieve the goals that I've set and if I do that I've got no doubt I'll still be coaching this club next year.

"I really enjoy it and while I'm really enjoying it and while I'm doing a job that supporters, players and the football club believe is good enough then I'll keep on doing it."

Worsfold, who took the reins in 2002 and led the club to finals football in each of his first six seasons before last year's flop, denied continued speculation about his future could serve as a distraction.

"No ... my contract does run until the end of the season so the only time it will be distracting is if we are going that badly that it maybe gets cut a bit short before that," he said.

"But hopefully I'll see that out."

Meanwhile, Worsfold said he was yet to decide whether to include defender Adam Hunter in his team for Saturday's clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.

Hunter, who underwent a shoulder reconstruction midway through last season, has been troubled by pain in the joint over the summer and did not feature in any of the Eagles' pre-season fixtures.

The 27-year-old booted two goals for Swan Districts last week but Worsfold said Hunter may require another hit-out in the WAFL before breaking into the senior side.

"It's all about the fitness to cope with what we'll require him to do on the weekend and that's the thing we're weighing up, whether we want to play him and use him off the bench for 70 or 80 minutes of the game, or whether we'd think he'd have to play a bigger role," Worsfold said.

"If that was the case, we'd want him a bit fitter."

But while Hunter is in doubt, Worsfold declared midfielders Andrew Embley (knee) and Adam Selwood (knee) were almost certain starters against the Lions.

Brisbane are likely to include star on-baller Simon Black, ruckman Jamie Charman and defender Daniel Merrett despite the trio's injury-interrupted pre-season.

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