Eagles trio recommits

Eagles trio recommits

STAR West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff has committed to the Eagles for the next four seasons, while veterans Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn will play on next year.

Gaff inked a two-year deal at the end of 2018 with the option for him to trigger another four years after that.

His family ties in Victoria saw him almost leave the club at the end of 2018 due to the poor health of his father at the time, and the Eagles were nervously waiting to see whether Gaff would trigger his long-term extension at the end of 2020.

West Coast announced on Thursday that Gaff had decided to stay, while Kennedy and Hurn were rewarded for consistent seasons with new one-year deals.

Gaff has become one of the most durable players in the competition, notching 215 games since making his debut in 2011.

The biggest chunk of matches he has sat out arose from the eight-match suspension he copped near the end of 2018, which saw him miss out on West Coast’s flag that year.

Gaff played all 18 matches for the Eagles this season and was unlucky to miss out on selection in the expanded All-Australian squad.

Hurn and Kennedy are both 33 but are still clearly in West Coast’s best side.

Kennedy booted 34 goals from 17 games this year, which included a seven-goal haul against Collingwood in Round 8

Hurn averaged 16 possessions and five marks per game in his first season since handing over the captaincy to Luke Shuey.

West Coast’s season ended last Saturday when they suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to Collingwood in an elimination final.

(C) AAP 2020