Shannon Hurn to captain West Coast Eagles once more

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Shannon Hurn will captain West Coast for a fifth straight AFL season, whereas Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey stay his vice-captains.

A day after signing a one-year contract extension that ties him to the membership till the tip of 2020, Hurn was voted in as captain.

Kennedy, who additionally signed a one-year contract extension, and Shuey retain their vice-captain roles.

The remainder of the management can be unchanged, with Nic Naitanui, Jeremy McGovern, and Andrew Gaff all holding their roles.

Naitanui (knee) isn’t anticipated to return till the second half of the season.

Hurn loved his finest-ever season final 12 months.

Not solely was his sizzling kind rewarded with an All-Australian berth, however he additionally led West Coast to their first flag since 2006.

Kennedy and Hurn, each 31, are actually beneath contract till the tip of the 2020 season following their current extensions.

The veteran pair, who’ve made 447 AFL appearances for West Coast between them, have been happy to finalise the offers early within the 12 months.

“It’s good to get it locked away so I can concentrate on the season,” Hurn advised the membership’s official web site.

Hurn will develop into simply the eighth West Coast participant to achieve the 250-game milestone when he performs his second match of the 2019 season.

Two-time Coleman Medal winner Kennedy is the Eagles’ document purpose kicker with 551 targets in his 199 video games.

“I’d prefer to thank West Coast for one more alternative and I’m actually enthusiastic about one other 12 months with this improbable membership and group of lads,” he stated.

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Kennedy has been dominated out for the Eagles’ pre-season clashes in opposition to Geelong and Fremantle after low season shoulder surgical procedure and being “deloaded” attributable to foot soreness after the Christmas break.

However the famous person ahead, who returned to his residence state from Carlton as a part of the blockbuster Chris Judd commerce in 2007, stays on monitor to play within the season opener in opposition to Brisbane on the Gabba on March 23.

Kennedy booted three targets within the Eagles’ five-point grand last win over Collingwood whereas Hurn was a rock in defence with 21 possessions, 5 marks and 4 tackles.


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