THE West Coast Eagles continue to quietly go on about their business, following up their on field victory against Fremantle last Sunday with an off field one on Tuesday when they signed two of their key players to contract extensions.
Team captain Darren Glass and wingman Matt Rosa both came to terms with the club on new deals on the same day solidifying the future of what may arguably be the best performing list in football.
“Both Darren and Matt have played a significant part of our resurgence over the past 18 months and we look forward to them continuing to play their part in the bigger picture targets for the club,” Nisbett said.
Glass, 31, has played 228 games with the club since being selected 11th overall in the 1999 Draft and had been in danger of retiring at the end of his current contract. The rapid return of the club as contenders last year as well the emergence of the team’s younger players have been credited with his desire to keep on playing.
“I am enjoying being around this team and playing my role within it,” Glass said. “I would like to continue to play my role in the evolution of the squad for as long as I think I have something to contribute.
“It’s a pretty exciting time at the football club and we are all enjoying the development of the younger players, who have helped to re-energise the senior players. We have a good mix and are optimistic about the future.”
At the other end of the career spectrum, Rosa, 25, has developed into a key contributor for the Eagles over the last couple of years. Selected 29th overall in the 2004 Draft from North Ballarat (VIC) the contract extension ensure that he will stay out west.
“Matt has been a terrific contributor to the club as well and is now a very mature and consistent player who is a leader in his own right and who has enormous respect across the club,” Nisbett said.
Rosa and Glass were both key contributors in the derby against Fremantle last Sunday. Rosa collected a game high 43 possessions on the day and won the Ross Glendinning Medal which is awarded to the player judged best on ground in the Western Derby. Glass was equally effective on the day and was the runner up.
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