THE retirement of key ball-winners at the end of the season will leave a massive hole in West Coast’s midfield.
Looking at the gettable midfielders set to go on the open market this off-season begs the question, could the Eagles make a play for Tom Rockliff?
The former Brisbane captain has yet to sign a new deal with the Lions despite turning around his fortunes at the club under new coach Chris Fagan this season.
While he’s likely to stay put, until a contract is signed and sealed anything is possible in the AFL.
The Eagles-Rockliff question was posed to Mark Duffield and Glen Quartermain during Monday’s Duff and Quarters podcast, with both offering different takes on the situation.
Duff and Quarters
“It’s the first I’ve heard of it, of course he would be a good fit, (but) I don’t think he’s going anywhere,” Quartemain said.
“Twelve months ago I would have said absolutely he will be on the move, but I think his relationship with Chris Fagan has turned his career around at the Brisbane Lions and I think he will stay there.”
Duffield believed the situation wasn’t as clear, but said the fit wouldn’t be quite right regardless.
“I think he’s still a chance to shift. I think he’ll shift on better terms and I think if he does want to shift there will be more currency for him,” he said.
“There’s rumours Adelaide are interested.
“In one regard he’s a good fit for West Coast because he’s a clever player, he wins his own ball and he can go forward. Those are all ticks as to whether West Coast should get him.
“There’s one big cross – he’s not quick.
“A lot of their problems this year have basically come back to the fact they’re not quick and they’re defending a big ground.”
The AFL free agency period begins on October 7.