Gaff urges senior Eagles to step up in AFL

Justin Chadwick
Andrew Gaff says the West Coast Eagles' senior stars need to step up after last week's Suns setback

Milestone man Andrew Gaff has called on the club's senior players to step up as West Coast attempt to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to Gold Coast last weekend.

Eagles' players were left shell-shocked after slumping to a 44-point loss to the Suns on Saturday.

Gaff, who will notch his 200th AFL game on Saturday night when he lines up against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, said the dewy conditions on the Gold Coast could not be used as an excuse for West Coast's insipid display, and it's now up to the senior players to show the way.

"We expect better from ourselves," Gaff said.

"We've got a team that's played a lot of senior footy over so many years, a lot of experienced guys with a lot of success.

"We expect close to perfection, and that was a long way off that on Saturday night.

"We need to get ourselves right, and it starts with the senior guys who have been there for a long time."

Victoria-born Gaff considered leaving the Eagles at the end of 2018 in order to be closer to family.

The 28-year-old eventually signed a long-term deal to stay with the Perth-based club, but insisted on a clause that would allow him to leave at the end of 2020.

Gaff is yet to officially declare he is staying with the Eagles, but he gave a strong hint that things will pan out that way.

"We're still working through that with the club and conversations are going really well at the moment. It's all positive from that end," he said.

"I'm very lucky to play at a club that is really successful with great staff, great players and great coaches. It's all going well at the moment."

Gaff missed the club's flag in 2018 due to suspension and says he is hungry to taste the ultimate success.

The 31-year-old defender Will Schofield is expected to earn a call-up this week to replace the suspended Jeremy McGovern.