Eagles coach Simpson opens up after 'big few weeks'

Adam Simpson concedes there's still "hard yards" to come for West Coast's rebuilding squad but he's promised to bring the fans along for the ride and welcome them into the club's "inner sanctum".

Simpson's future was in grave doubt on the back of two painful seasons that yielded a total of just five wins.

This year was particularly brutal, with five of West Coast's losses coming by more than 100 points as they crashed to the second wooden spoon in the club's history.

But with the playing group and fans pushing for Simpson to be retained, the Eagles' board announced on Monday the 2018 premiership coach would stay on for next year.

"It's been a big few weeks. Things escalated pretty quickly a couple of weeks ago but we're stronger for it," Simpson said at the club's awards night on Saturday, in his first public address since being retained.

"The resilience that we're all showing at the moment is so important.

"I can't help but think about our members and what they've endured in the last couple of years. They've been on the ride with us.

"We want to bring you on the journey with us going forward, bring you into the inner sanctum, open our doors a little bit more.

"Get you to embrace what we're going through, because what we're going through at the moment, believe it or not, is exciting.

"It's one of a positive nature - it's just going to be hard. There's some hard yards coming up."

The retirements of Luke Shuey, Shannon Hurn and Nic Naitanui have stripped a massive amount of experience and on-field class from the club.

But with West Coast holding the No.1 pick at this year's national draft - on the back of hitting the draft hard over the past two years - Simpson is confident the Eagles are on the way up

"Our industry is volatile. You don't get greatness without dealing with pressure," Simpson said.

"(The players) have learnt so much this year and last year about how to be resilient and stick tight and stay together with our unity.

"As much as it's been difficult, it's going to pay us back.

"The spirit side of things, I'm seeing really positive things with our group.

"The cultural part, it's as strong as I've seen it for a while. We've just clicked over a gear, especially off-field."

Simpson praised outgoing strength and conditioning boss Warren Koefed for his contributions over the past 15 years, saying the Eagles wouldn't have won the 2018 flag without him.

West Coast assistant coach Daniel Pratt and WAFL coach Rob Wiley are also leaving, with Simpson thanking both for their efforts. 

Club doctor Alex Strahan is also departing after 13 years.

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