AFL Rd 8 - West Coast v Collingwood
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Josh J. Kennedy of the Eagles celebrates a goal during the round 8 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium on July 26, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

West Coast are set to welcome back an aerie of experienced talent for Saturday’s elimination final against Collingwood.

Having been forced into playing a weakened 22 for the past month, the Eagles are expecting to be able to recall a sextet of pivotal players.

They include Josh Kennedy, Jeremy McGovern, Luke Shuey, Lewis Jetta, Mark Hutchings and Jack Redden in a major boost for Adam Simpson’s team.

West Coast General Manager of Football Craig Vozzo stated that Kennedy would only need to complete the team’s final training run to be deemed fit for selection.

“A lot of talk around Josh, particularly at the footy club,” Vozzo told the club’s website.

“He’s tracking well. He had a light week as we discussed last week and did a bit more change of direction yesterday.

“He’ll ramp up full training tomorrow. Expect him to get through that and be available, so exciting news.”

In addition to this, Vozzo said that intercept extraordinaire McGovern has returned to a full training schedule following a hamstring complaint.

“Jeremy has passed all the tests our (strength and conditioning) and rehab staff have asked off him to this point in time,” Vozzo said.

“He’ll train with the main group tomorrow night. Expect he’ll get through and be available for selection.”

Vozzo continued with updates about the remainder of the potential inclusions.

“Luke Shuey and Mark Hutchings both signed off on some high speed running last week, which was terrific,” Vozzo said.

“They’re raring to go. We’re holding both back. They’re very confident in where they’re at.

“They just have to get through main training. They’ll be a test for that but we’re expecting them to get through.

“Jack is tracking really well. He’s about three-and-a-half weeks post-surgery. He’s had a plate inserted, a bit similar to Jake Waterman earlier in the year.

“Different spot in the hand, but nonetheless the same level of protection.

“We’re expecting he’ll be available to play with a guard and he’ll do some more contact training tomorrow night.”

West Coast will host Collingwood at a sold out Optus Stadium in do or die elimination clash this Saturday night.