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Fun times ahead at West Coast

By Justin Chadwick 08/07/2010 07:46:05 PM Comments (0)

The gloom hanging over West Coast is set to be replaced by fun over the coming weeks in a bid to lift morale and turn around the club's horror AFL season.

The Eagles sit dead last on the table and have made five changes at the selection table ahead of Saturday's clash with Adelaide at Subiaco Oval.

Ben McKinley and Beau Wilkes paid the price for last week's 83-point loss to Collingwood, while Pat McGinnity (adductor), Tom Swift (abdominal soreness) and Bradd Dalziell (finger) were ruled out with injury.

Brett Jones, Ashton Hams, Mitch Brown and Lewis Stevenson were brought back into the side, while Ashley Smith, pick No.36 in the 2008 national draft, has been named for his debut.

With the pressure mounting on West Coast following a six-game losing streak, midfielder Matt Priddis hoped an emphasis on enjoyment during the remaining eight rounds of the season, including more fun initiatives on the training track, would prove just the trick in sparking a turnaround.

"If you're not enjoying your footy then you're probably not playing good footy either," Priddis said on Thursday.

"That's a real focus for us. That we keep the positive environment up at the club, everyone's enjoying themselves.

"We know we've got a lot of work ahead of us, we'll focus on that and that training form will hopefully turn into some good performances on match day."

Priddis said Adelaide, who have won three of their past four matches to surge back into top-eight calculations, were the perfect example of how quickly a club could turn their fortunes around.

"I'm very confident that it will turn around very quickly," Priddis said of the Crows, who named an unchanged side after last week's big win over Essendon.

"There's eight games to go and we've got a lot to work on, but that's plenty of time to show we're capable of being a good side.

"We can build a lot of momentum over these eight weeks and young guys will get an opportunity and they've got to make the most of it.

"We're very disappointed where we are at the moment but we are still very positive."

Priddis has been a rare shining light for the Eagles this season, averaging 26 possessions and seven tackles a game as one of few senior players in the club's injury-hit midfield.

"I know my role and I've tried to do that as best I can," the 25-year-old said.

"I'm enjoying my footy.

"We're not winning games but you've still got to enjoy what we're doing and I love playing footy.

"Once we start winning games it would make it even better."

Priddis joined several teammates on the streets of Perth on Thursday to promote West Coast's Dig Deep campaign, helping sell wristbands to raise money for the Cancer Council WA.

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