MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Tom Barrass of the Eagles celebrates with the Premiership Cup after the 2018 AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Age’s chief football writer Jake Niall says West Coast’s 2018 premiership triumph has been “undersold”.

The Eagles defeated Collingwood for the third time last season in a thrilling five-point decider without stars Andrew Gaff and Nic Naitanui, also beating Richmond earlier in the year and smashing Melbourne in the preliminary final.

And Niall believes Adam Simpson’s team deserves more plaudits for their efforts.

“When people look at the Eagles and were they sat as a premier, I think they should sit much higher than I think people would rate them,” Niall told SEN Afternoons.

“They beat the Collingwood footy club three times in a season – including twice in Melbourne and obviously the Grand Final, they beat Richmond easily over there – they were 13-0 with Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling both playing.

“This was an exceptional premier, of course the margins are small in footy, but I think their efforts have been a bit undersold.

“I think we here in Melbourne don’t really get the travel part of what those teams go through.”