West Coast have turned to favorite son John Worsfold and some of the AFL club’s other former heroes to help lift the spirits among the struggling player group.
The last-placed Eagles (1-8) are currently entrenched in their worst-ever stretch of games after losing their past five matches by an average of 81 points.
Worsfold captained the West Coast to the 1992 and 1994 flags, and he also coached the club to the 2006 premiership.
The 53-year-old addressed the West Coast player group before training on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s clash with GWS at Giants Stadium.
Darren Glass, Michael Brennan, Tony Evans, Andrew Embley, Ashley Sampi and Drew Banfield were also present in what the club dubbed a “sign of solidarity”.
“We just had a few old premiership players and older players just come down to say it’s a tough time for the club but we’m all behind you,” Worsfold told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“We know this club’s got a great record for coming out of these tough spots in a really strong position and we know they’ll do it again.
“We had other players who could not get away from their current roles to get down here, but all sent their support to say we’re right behind the club.
Generally, deep down you know people are supporting you, but just seeing them does solidify (it). It makes it clear that these guys have gone out of their way to stick their faces in and say ‘G’day’ and show their support. “
Worsfold coached West Coast for 12 years before handing over the reins to current coach Adam Simpson at the end of 2013.
West Coast collected the spoon under Worsfold in 2010, but they bounced back to reach the preliminary final the following year.
The Eagles have been hampered by injuries and COVID-19 all season, with Simpson missing 11 of his best 22 players in last week’s 74-point loss to Melbourne.
West Coast has now put it on the record that the team is in rebuild mode, with the club to target young talent at this year’s national draft.