The father of Western Bulldogs player Rhylee West has launched a scathing attack on Luke Beveridge, accusing the coach of the "disgraceful management" of his son.
Scott West is a Bulldogs legend having played 324 games for the club in a career that included seven best and fairest honours and saw him named in the All-Australian side five times.
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Rhylee was drafted to the Bulldogs as a father-son selection with the 26th pick at the 2018 national draft, but has struggled for game time ever since.
In the past three seasons, the 20-year-old has managed just 10 appearances in the AFL, with his most recent selection for the senior side coming against Richmond in round seven.
After a largely ineffective game in which the Dogs lost by 22-points against the defending premiers, West was dropped for Sunday's thrilling come-from-behind victory against Carlton.
Upon hearing about his son's demotion after just one game back into the senior side against Richmond, West's father let rip at Beveridge in a since-deleted post on a Bulldogs Facebook fan page.
“Well done Beveridge,” West sarcastically wrote alongside clapping hands emojis.
“That’s how you manage young players.
“Yep he is my son but seriously you make him wait for 5 weeks, all of excellent form and stats in the VFL.
“You play him against the best team of the last 5 years and yep, didn’t play well, BUT, then you drop him.
“Absolutely disgraceful management!!!”
West also called out Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen in the post, questioning why the Bulldogs coach kept faith with him, despite a disappointing showing against Richmond also.
“It’s not personal against JJ, BUT, 3 possessions??? Are you serious????” West wrote.
“Let me add Josh Schache to this argument, poor kid gets kicked in the guts by everyone, apparently it is his and Rhylee’s fault they lost last week.”
Dogs star sidelined after hand surgery
The Bulldogs' stirring come-from-behind win over the Blues came at a cost after Lachie Hunter had to undergo surgery on a broken hand.
Hunter suffered the damage midway through the match at Marvel Stadium but carried on to play a huge role in the Bulldogs' win.
However, he is now facing a stint on the sidelines and will miss Saturday night's blockbuster clash with Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
"Scans post-game confirmed he did have a fracture in one of the small bones in his hand," the Bulldogs said in a statement on Monday.
"Surgery was required to stabilise the fracture, with that procedure completed today.
"Hunter's return to play timeline will be confirmed over the coming days."
Hunter has featured in all eight games for the Bulldogs this season, averaging 20.6 disposals, and kicked two important goals from 14 touches against Carlton.
"It was a pretty determined, tough effort to get through the game," Dogs coach Luke Beveridge said.
"Lachie had a huge last quarter when he went up to the wing."
The second-placed Bulldogs face premiership contenders Port Adelaide and Melbourne in the next three weeks, either side of a clash with last year's elimination final nemesis St Kilda.
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