PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Tom Hickey of the Saints contests a ruck with Scott Lycett of the Eagles during the round eight AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the St Kilda Saints at Domain Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett axed for disciplinary reasons

West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett will not play this weekend, after being sanctioned by the club for disciplinary reasons.

It is a further blow for the Eagles’ ruck stocks, with Nic Naitanui already out with an Achilles injury.

West Coast play Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon.

The club released the following statement a short time ago:

Ruckman Scott Lycett has been left out of the team to play the Brisbane Lions  at the Gabba on Saturday because of disciplinary action.

Lycett, who was expected to carry the load in the absence of injured star Nic Naitanui, failed to meet the standards set by the club’s leadership group, players and coaches after the disappointing loss to Adelaide last week.

“We are very disappointed that Scott has let the club down, but the behaviours we ignore are the behaviours we accept,” senior coach Adam Simpson said.

“We have standards and values that we expect of each other and Scott, unfortunately, failed to meet them.”

The timing of Lycett’s indiscretion, with Naitanui sidelined for 6-8 weeks after under-going Achilles surgery during the week, means that former GWS and Essendon ruckman Jonathan Giles will make his senior debut for the club.

Recruited through last year’s trade period, Giles has been impressive around the playing group in his first year and will carry much of the ruck responsibility for the Eagles in an important game against the Lions.