Eagles swingman a hot property in attack

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West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy is keen for Oscar Allen to stay in attack, saying the swingman's presence there has helped create a match-winning mismatch.

Allen showcased his forward-line talents with a stunning five-goal haul in last week's 27-point win over Collingwood.

It took his season tally to 14 goals, despite also spending significant time in defence and in the ruck.

Allen has been used as an important back-up ruckman in recent seasons, but his growing stature in attack is proving hard to ignore.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson conceded after the win over Collingwood he was facing a challenge trying to justify moving Allen from the forward line.

Kennedy has no doubt Allen should be stationed alongside both himself and Jack Darling to form a powerful three-pronged attack.

"Definitely. He can play anywhere - in the ruck and down back. But if I've got anything to do with it, I think he'll stay forward," Kennedy said.

"Oscar will start to develop into one of those players where the opposition will have to start really locking him down.

"Sometimes his talent and ability can be a lot better than the third tall (defender) that needs to take him or there's definitely a mismatch somewhere along the line with me, Jack and him.

"We'll keep trying to isolate those mismatches - whether it's Jack or whether it's Oscar - and utilise them to hopefully kick some goals and win games."

Kennedy injured his ankle against Collingwood when he was purposely tripped by Magpies defender Mark Keane, who copped a one-match ban over the incident.

West Coast take on Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday and Kennedy has declared himself fit for that match.

Kennedy hails from Northampton - a town destroyed by the recent cyclone that hit Western Australia.

The 33-year-old is joining forces with some past and present players from the region to launch a relief fund.

"Hearing some of the stories about families with kids hiding in bath tubs with mattresses on top of them while their house gets blown down is quite chilling," Kennedy said.

"It looked like a bit of a war zone."