AFL Hall of Famer Terry Wallace is “not convinced” that West Coast ruckmen Nathan Vardy and Tom Hickey will stand up in the absence of Nic Naitanui.
Just two weeks after returning to senior footy following a knee reconstruction, for the remainder of the season.
Wallace believes West Coast’s lack of ruck depth is a cause for concern.
“With Nic Nat going down, it’s a massive loss to them,” he told SEN's The Match Committee.
“We know that he potentially could come back. Boy oh boy, he’ll be underdone if he is.
“I’m not convinced that Hickey and Vardy can stand up over a four-week finals campaign.
“It was really (Scott) Lycett last year that was the one who just dragged them. He was the one doing the hard yards and Vardy just came in and did a cameo role.
“He’s (Vardy) a forward ruck. Can he stand up as your first ruck? I’m not convinced.”
The Eagles will aim to bounce back from last weekend's one-point loss to Collingwood when they take on Melbourne in Alice Springs on Sunday.