Eagles captain Darren Glass to play on

West Coast skipper Darren Glass will play on into a 15th AFL season after agreeing to a new one-year deal.


Glass was named the All-Australian skipper last year, and remains near the peak of his powers as a key defender.

The 32-year-old has missed just five games over the past three years, and is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of another season at the elite level.

“It was a question of talking to a few people about the decision,” Glass said.

“Just making sure it was the right thing for all parties and that the club wanted me to play on.

“This year has not produced the results we were looking for, but I have great confidence in the playing group and the coaching staff.

“I enjoy being around the football club, but left the decision until this stage of the season because I would not be continuing if I could not compete at the level I expect of myself and the club and my teammates expect of me.”

Glass has captained West Coast since 2008, and earlier this week indicated he would be keen to stay on in the role should his teammates vote him in again.

The four-time All-Australian is desperate to guide West Coast back into premiership mode next year following the club’s slide down the table in 2013.

Glass has played 258 games since making his debut in 2000, placing him fifth on the club’s all-time games played list.

Only Glen Jakovich (276), Dean Cox (269), Guy McKenna (267) and Drew Banfield (265) sit above him.

Fellow veteran Cox is also expected to play on next year, while wingman Andrew Embley is seeking a new deal.

But 29-year-old Adam Selwood is expected to retire at season’s end following a campaign blighted by injury and poor form.

Injury-plagued forward Mark Nicoski, who hasn’t played an AFL game for the past two years, may be forced to do the same.

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