WEST Coast has made a whopping six changes for its crucial clash with St Kilda at the Gabba on Thursday night, with former skipper Shannon Hurn and ruckman Nic Naitanui among those returning.

The Eagles have been smashed by injury following their two-point loss to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, losing Dom Sheed, Jack Redden, Lewis Jetta, Mark Hutchings and Brandon Ah Chee.

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Ruckman Tom Hickey has been omitted to make way for Naitanui, who was rested for the Dogs clash.

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In a match they must win to remain in the top-four hunt, Hurn, Will Schofield, Jarrod Brander, speedster Jack Petruccelle and debutant Hamish Brayshaw will all play for the Eagles.

St Kilda has bolstered its forward line, recalling Max King after he was managed for the game against Hawthorn, while Tim Membrey and zippy Nick Hind are both back.

Ryan Abbott, Ed Phillips and Jonathon Marsh have all been left out.

Thursday, September 10

St Kilda v West Coast at the Gabba, 7.10pm AEST

In: M.King, T.Membrey, N.Hind
Out: R.Abbott (omitted), J.Marsh (omitted), E.Phillips (omitted)

In: W.Schofield, S.Hurn, J.Brander, J.Petruccelle, N.Naitanui, H.Brayshaw
Out: T.Hickey (omitted), L.Jetta (calf), D.Sheed (hamstring), M.Hutchings (hamstring), J.Redden (thumb), B.Ah Chee (finger)
New: Hamish Brayshaw