WAFL: West Perth edging towards finals lock

West Perth face East Fremantle this weekend.
West Perth face East Fremantle this weekend.

WE’RE probably two wins away from locking in a finals spot so there’s not much more motivation we need than that against East Fremantle this Saturday.

The Sharks have been struggling but they were competitive against Claremont last weekend and showed they’re capable of better performances than what their record suggests.

Maybe coach Rob Wiley’s announcement that he would be stepping down has led to them playing with more freedom.

We need to be wary of that.

Again, we learned against Subiaco that there cannot be periods of the contest where you’re off your game.

There was a patch in the second quarter, but mainly it was the third quarter when they kicked four goals that put the game away in the 33-point loss.

Jordan Mills and Nathan Alexandre will be out through injury this weekend so there’s a couple of spots up for grabs.

Rudy Riddoch, Bailee James, Matt Guadagnin and Dean Munns have been good in the reserves, giving us plenty of options.

The news this week that East Perth would end |its AFL alignment with West Coast was not a surprise.

I don’t have a firm opinion on a standalone Eagles side, but there would need to be measures in place to prevent them taking young top-up players from other teams.

If they used discarded players or footballers not looking to get drafted, then I do not think it would be a bad thing.

There will never be a perfect solution, but a lot of traditional supporters will be pleased to see the Royals back in the competition on their own right.