Eagles axe Sheed but it's no punishment

Justin Chadwick

West Coast coach Adam Simpson insists Dom Sheed's surprise axing isn't a form of punishment, saying the midfielder is simply unlucky to be squeezed out of the side.

Sheed has been dropped for Saturday night's AFL clash with St Kilda to accommodate the return of Luke Shuey, who has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Simpson says Sheed hasn't done a lot wrong but has been a bit scratchy of late and will benefit from a game in the WAFL.