Dom Sheed news rocks West Coast Eagles amid wretched run for AFL premiership hero

The 28-year-old has missed numerous games over the last two seasons.

Dom Sheed at the West Coast Eagles.
Dom Sheed has endured a torrid time at the West Coast Eagles over the last two years. Image: Getty

Dom Sheed's wretched run of injuries has continued, with the West Coast Eagles champion placed on the injury list for an indefinite period. The Eagles announced on Tuesday that Sheed has a "hot spot" in his left foot and will be eased through the AFL pre-season.

The 28-year-old played just one game in 2022 and then missed eight matches this season. The premiership hero is back on the sidelines after injuring his foot on Monday at training and was spotted in a moon boot.

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Sheed was relegated to signing autographs at West Coast's training camp in the coastal town of Dunsborough, and has joined recently-drafted forward Archer Reid (knee) on the injured list. The Eagles' injury list has been the worst in the AFL in recent times, with the once-proud club winning just fives games across the last two seasons.

"Both injuries will require further assessment and as part of their management Sheed will wear a moon boot while Reid will don a brace," a statement from the Eagles read on Tuesday. "The club will release further details as it becomes available."

Archer Reid.
Archer Reid has also landed on the injured list at West Coast. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The news about Sheed comes at the worst-possible time, with the Eagles desperate to turn around their fortunes in 2024. They recently drafted highly-touted prospect Harley Reid with the No.1 pick, with the youngster confident he can help get the Eagles out of the doldrums.

"There's not too much expectation from me," Reid said at the draft. "It's more get in there and learn the system and get introduced to how it is. Hopefully a few senior boys take me under their wing and teach me the ways. I'm not going to have a huge impact straight up. I'll just try to go through and play my best footy really."

The midfielder has been forced to deny constant speculation he was reluctant to move away from Victoria. "It was pretty annoying at times when they say it and they really haven't even met you," he said. "It (the Eagles jumper) is on me now, so hopefully that puts a bit of word out there that I'm keen to go over there and get stuck into it."

Rohan O'Brien steps down as West Coast list boss

Meanwhile, West Coast's off-season of change continued this week with long-time list boss Rohan O'Brien set to leave the club after 33 years. The club life member has served in a variety of recruiting roles and has been at the Eagles for all four of their premierships.

"With the recent draft completed I believe it is the right time to make this call," O'Brien said. "For the last three years we have focused on attracting the best young talent as we begin to build our list and I believe we are at an exciting juncture." O'Brien's departure comes after long-time chief executive Trevor Nisbett, fitness boss Warren Kofoed, captain Luke Shuey, and a stack of other veteran players all called it quits in recent times.

with AAP

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