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West Coast GF hero not living in the past

He's a grand final hero and part of AFL folklore, so why is West Coast midfielder Dom Sheed on edge?

Sheed etched his name into sporting history when he kicked the match-winning goal from the boundary line in West Coast's five-point grand final win over Collingwood.

It was a moment the 23-year-old will be able to live off for the rest of his life.

But Sheed wants to achieve plenty more during the remainder of his career, and knows he was somewhat lucky to be playing in the grand final in the first place.

Sheed was dropped three times during the year as his form fluctuated.

And if it wasn't for Andrew Gaff's lengthy suspension in round 20, Sheed might not have been in the side at all during the finals series.

Sheed made the most of the reprieve, averaging almost 29 possessions per game during September to be named West Coast's player of the finals, alongside Jack Redden.

With Gaff due back from suspension in round three, Sheed knows he can't afford to rest on his laurels if he wants to retain his spot in the side.

"I finished the year off well and I'll take confidence from that but footy is a funny game and it can change very quickly," Sheed said.

"I'm only two or three bad games off being back out of the team again. You've got a whole new bunch of draftees coming into the club wanting your spot and are hungry.

"When you're playing in a top eight or top four team, you are going to have players who are playing in the twos who are capable of playing at AFL level.

"That's just a reality of footy. You have to stick to it, keep your head down and try to stay focused."

Defender Will Schofield was another player who made the most of a late reprieve.

Schofield was dropped for the qualifying final against Collingwood, but earned a recall for the premiership charge after Brad Sheppard suffered a season-ending hamstring injury.

West Coast players are intent on avoiding a premiership hangover as they bid for back-to-back flags.

And as magical as Sheed's match-winning moment was, he knows he can't afford to live in the past.

"We've got to find way to move on. It's 2019 now," Sheed said.

"We'll take a lot of confidence out of what we did in 2018 but we've got to get on with it."