Dom Sheed in action during West Coast's clash with Carlton in round 19, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

WEST Coast coach Adam Simpson is confident Liam Ryan will stay with the club, but has revealed premiership hero Dom Sheed's season is likely over.

Sheed has been struck down with a hot spot in his foot and, although he'll avoid surgery, the Eagles are unlikely to play him again this year.

"We will lose Dom, possibly for the season," Simpson told reporters on Thursday.

"He's got a hot spot there. Whether he gets back this year or not, he's trying really hard to play and support.

"It won't be surgery, just time off legs. Whether it's two weeks, one week, six weeks – we'll work through how that pulls up in the next 10 days.

"But there's four weeks left, he's coming off (almost) no games last year (with a) syndesmosis.

"I'm not surprised there's been issues here and there. We need to look after him."


Sheed, who kicked the winning goal in the 2018 Grand Final, has played 15 games this season, and his injury is another blow to the already-depleted Eagles.

Meanwhile, Simpson is confident 26-year-old forward Ryan will stay amid rival interest. 

"He's a contracted player. He's entrenched in WA with his family," Simpson said.

"He's had a lot of support with us. I would have thought Liam is going nowhere."

Liam Ryan during West Coast's clash with Fremantle in round three, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

Defender Jeremy McGovern (concussion) is set to return for Saturday's clash with Essendon at Marvel Stadium, while last week's sub Elliot Yeo will be handed a start.

Retiring defender Shannon Hurn will miss due to soreness.

West Coast ended its club-record 16-match losing streak last week with a thrilling five-point win over North Melbourne at Optus Stadium.

The result means last-placed West Coast are now just percentage adrift of 17th-placed North Melbourne.

One more win for the season could be enough for West Coast to avoid the wooden spoon, but it would also mean missing out on the prized No.1 draft pick and the chance to snare gun midfielder Harley Reid.