PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Andrew Gaff of the Eagles looks on after being defeated during the round 23 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Hawthorn Hawks at Optus Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former Power great Kane Cornes has put a line through West Coast’s back-to-back premiership aspirations.

The Eagles were upset by Hawthorn by 28 points on Saturday night at Optus Stadium to slide down to fifth on the ladder.

And Cornes believes the club’s unfavourable September fixture will make it too hard for them to go all the way, where they would have to win two away games to qualify for the Grand Final.

“I don’t think you can win it (the premiership) from outside the top four,” he told AFL.com.au’s The Round So Far on Saturday night.

“I know the Western Bulldogs did it in 2016 but it’s extremely unlikely.

“It’s so hard to win a premiership, let alone to do it outside the top four, which is where we think they’ll end up.

“Particularly with the travel factor, it’s highly unlikely.

“In fact, I don’t think they can do it.

“I don’t think now, on the back of that, they can win the premiership this year, unless Brisbane can upset Richmond.”