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Aussie Rules: Kelly dismisses Eagles rebuild talk

West Coast Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly says the club going through a rebuild is the last thing on their minds and they are focused on getting back to winning ways.

The Eagles are priced at 7/1 to make the eight this season but that seems a long way off as they sit second bottom on the AFL ladder with a 1-5 record.

Injury nightmare

In fairness the Eagles have seen their list decimated by injuries but that has not stopped talk suggesting now could be the ideal time for them to go through a rebuild following their 2018 grand final success.

Kelly himself is one of the players to be hit by injury but he is now back fit and says all the focus is on returning to winning way, not a rebuild.

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"We don't think like that. Rebuild is sort of the last thing on our minds right now," Kelly said. "The main priority we've got now is getting back to our best footy and winning games.

"There's been plenty of opportunities for young players this year to play. We've played something like 41 players this year, which is I think an all-time club highest.

"The opportunities are going to be there, but for us it's playing a team that we think is going to win games and getting back to winning."

Focused on the present

Kelly arrived at West Coast back in 2019 when returning to WA from Geelong. And he was asked about the prospect of spending his peak years playing in a side going through a rebuild.

"I'm not really thinking too far ahead," he added. "I'm just locked in right now with everyone at the club. Everyone's job right now is do everything we can to get back to winning ways."

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