Eagles mids need to bring their best

WEST Coast gun Elliot Yeo has turned up the heat on his midfield counterparts to shackle Greater Western Sydney's star-studded onball brigade, warning tagger Mark Hutchings can't do the job alone.

The Eagles were flogged by a rising Brisbane outfit in round one and are desperate to avoid a 0-2 start ahead of the Grand Final rematch with Collingwood at the MCG.

The Giants will head to Optus Stadium brimming with confidence after dismantling Essendon, and could welcome back Rolls Royce midfielder Josh Kelly from hip and knee issues.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has a tough decision who to send Hutchings to, after free agent Stephen Coniglio (31 disposals, three goals), Tim Taranto (30, one) and Lachie Whitfield (30) tore the Bombers apart.

"They've got a really good, talented midfield where I guess if you throw ‘Hutch’ to one player, then another player will stand up," Yeo told AFL.com.au.

"It's not just on Hutch to do his job, it's up to the whole collective midfield and collective team to play our roles and do it to the best of our abilities.

"Otherwise, if we don't, it could turn out something like last week."

The Eagles were smashed at the contest (-29) by Brisbane, but Yeo insisted the lack of intent against his old club was an "event and not a pattern at this stage".

The dual John Worsfold medallist expected a hungrier West Coast on Saturday night, when the club will raise the premiership flag and celebrate Shannon Hurn (250), Chris Masten (200) and Josh Kennedy’s (200 appearances with the Eagles) milestone games.

"We were pretty fumbly, the Lions were extremely clean, and a lot of the key performance indicators we pride ourselves on we got absolutely smashed in," Yeo said.

"Not only were we bad, but Brisbane were extremely good.

"We've spoken about if you're five per cent off in a game, it will come back and cost you.

"We were more than five per cent off on the weekend and it definitely cost us.

"We're going to be celebrating three very important players to the footy club, and you'd like to get a win under the belt for them, but also after a poor start to the season and you don't want to be 0-2."

After battling a toe injury over summer, Yeo was among West Coast's better performers at the Gabba with 25 touches, five clearances and a booming goal on quarter-time.

The 25-year-old was grateful to pull up with only general soreness and expected to remain in the engine room against the Giants, despite some epic battles with dynamic forward Toby Greene in the past.

"I'm sure ‘Simmo’ will back one of the backmen on Toby and try to get it done," he said.

Yeo also backed livewire forward Liam Ryan to take his spot against the Giants after being the target of racist trolls on social media, which prompted a groundswell of support across the AFL.

"I think the players have voiced their concerns pretty loudly and I think that's the best thing about it," Yeo said.

"Getting us to educate the public on why (it's offensive) is the next step.

"Liam's extremely happy and extremely bubbly because he's got the whole team behind him and supporting him.

"He knows that and I think that's why he came to training (on Tuesday) and was his usual self, playing pranks and gags and all that.

"I don't think it's affected him too much because we've got his back."