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West Coast coach Adam Simpson says his team will do whatever it takes to get Captain Luke Shuey back in shape

WEST Coast will dig deeper into the management of Captain Luke Shuey after the Norm Smith medalist sustained another hamstring injury in his second leg on Saturday night

Shuey returned 22 days after his final Achilles tendon setback to face the Power at Optus Stadium before the shattered midfielder went injured on the bench for the final 10 minutes of the game

Coach Adam Simpson said the Eagles would do whatever it takes to fix their skipper, who suffered two hamstring injuries last season, including a double thigh strain in September

“We just need to dig a little deeper but I’m not sure how much we can dig. We dug pretty deep,” said the coach

“That was probably the sour part of the night so really feel for him I think it’s something he did before and it feels like it’s going to be a normal 21 day day.” / p>

“We’ve tried every other program under the sun, so let’s just go back to the drawing board until we get it right”

Shuey was arguably the best field in his second leg, winning 28 exits and eight clears to lead a midfield that dominated the Force, both on stoppages and on the ground

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Simpson said the injury was a blow to the 30-year-old, whose summer was interrupted by calf injuries before a thigh strain occurred the night before the season

“It’s tough. Injuries happen and you have to be pretty tough in this competition,” said the trainer

“But when you have a constant problem and couldn’t be more professional it’s tough for him and we just have to put our arms around him “

Simpson said he was delighted with his midfield colleague Andrew Gaff, who got back in shape with 36 exits

The coach said the winger’s role hadn’t changed after a slow start to the season that earned 16 possessions in its first two games

“People get up and down a bit in shape but there were two games. I just let him do his thing. From a teaching point of view, it was actually nothing “

Simpson said the Eagles “did the style we wanted” really well on Saturday night, controlling possession with pinpoint ball use in the first half and slowing play to slow Port down

They also won the contested ball convincingly in the first half, with power trainer Ken Hinkley being disappointed that his team did not “bring” the chase from the first ricochet and only left him to compete in the second half

“We were hit very hard in all areas around the floor, not just one area,” said Hinkley

“We have another competition in our game, at least thanks to our boys who stuck to it but we didn’t bring the hunt we wanted right from the start

“We also made fundamental mistakes about poor skill that you pay the price for against great teams”

Port Face Richmond next Friday night at the Adelaide Oval and Hinkley welcomed the challenge of bouncing back against the back-to-back premier

“We had two great games against them last year and I expect it will be something similar next week,” he said

“There will be a full house in the Adelaide Oval and we will do our best to enter a competition

“There’s no bigger game that you want to play well and test yourself in. We failed tonight We don’t want to fail twice”

Hinkey said he wanted to see more of Mitch Georgiades and Todd Marshall on the same line of strikers after the pair scored five goals while spearhead Charlie Dixon was kept goalless

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