West Coast to field WAFL team in 2022
West Coast will remain in the WAFL competition after an agreement was reached with the other WAFL clubs.
The Eagles will also host five games at Mineral Resources Park in 2022.
WAFC Chairman Hon Wayne Martin conceded that changes to the current model needed to be made for a more competitive West Coast outfit, particularly given the impact COVID-19 has had on the AFL alignment.
“From a Football Commission perspective, our desire has always been for West Coast to have a stand-alone side, providing the integrity of the WAFL competition is maintained and it supports the development of AFL-listed players,” Martin said.
“Having a competitive West Coast Eagles team in our State League continues to present the exciting opportunity to enhance our competition, both on and off the field.”
“Clearly, the global pandemic has created a need for some change within the agreement and clubs have agreed on a number of allowances for the West Coast WAFL team moving forward.”
“We want the Eagles to be a part of the WAFL competition as long as their AFL team exists, and these new terms allow for a sustained participation in the state league competition.”
“I want to acknowledge both West Coast and the WAFL clubs for their support in working through the new agreement for the betterment of the WAFL competition.”