Adam Simpson Is Being Coy About Nic Naitanui's Return

'He'll fly at some stage.'

Adam Simpson Is Being Coy About Nic Naitanui's Return (Image: Eagle Eye TV/Getty)

West Coast coach Adam Simpson could not rule out Nic Naitanui's return, saying we'll have to "wait and see", but there is doubt he will play after reportedly not being seen at the airport.

Naitanui has missed the whole year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament late last season, and came back into the frame as a wildcard selection for their semi final against GWS on Saturday.

The 27-year-old wasn't seen at the airport with the rest of the squad according to reports, suggesting he is unlikely to feature.

But Simpson said he had been training quite well.

"He's been training with us all week, Nic," he told reporters on Thursday.

"I can't talk selection as you know - we heard this last week - it's just too tight of a season, too tight a comp to talk about selection until we actually do it."

He wouldn't give a straight answer on the star ruckman's availability.

"We'll see at the airport," he said.

"He'll fly at some stage, whether he flies today or not will be up for debate.

"I can't tell you. I just don't want to go through all this, so you can keep asking and trying to allude towards what he's doing, but you'll just have to wait and see.

"He's training really well, and while we keep advancing he's getting closer and closer."

Simpson said they'll take extra numbers anyway, after travelling last week and playing the extra footy.

"We'll take a big squad, just for experience and the fact it's two travel weeks in a row. We'll take a full compliment," he said.

"I reckon we'll take 26 (players), just to cover off on everything and take a bit of experience."