West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson says they will not be going through a rebuild in 2022 and the aim is to qualify for finals as soon as possible.
West Coast are priced at 2/1 to finish in the top eight and return to finals after missing out last year, but they have been hampered by a tough pre-season.
The Eagles have been hit by a host of injury problems and are currently missing 10 members of their best 18 as they head into Sunday's AAMI Community Series clash against Fremantle.
Some have suggested that all the injuries could trigger a rebuild at the club but Simpson says that is not the case and they are ready to embrace the situation.
The situation is far from ideal but confidence is still high in the Eagles camp and they are keen to get into the eight as soon as possible.
"To say you're going to go into a rebuild a week before round one, you'd like to think you're a little bit more planned than that," Simpson told reporters.
"There's no doubt we'll transition our list in the next few years. With our full complement of players there's a lot of experience and no doubt there will be a changing of the guard.
"But that's not labelled as a rebuild the way we see it. We won't put a label to it. At the moment, we're using our whole list and we'll see how we go. We want to qualify for finals as quick as we can."