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Judd set to stay an Eagle

By James Dampney 13/01/2005 09:06:03 PM Comments (0)

West Coast has again managed to keep the Victorian AFL clubs at bay, with the Eagles set to extend reigning Brownlow Medalist Chris Judd's contract for a further two years.

Still just 21 years old, Judd's current deal expires at the end of the upcoming season.

While the Eagles' first ever Brownlow Medalist is yet to put pen to paper, it's understood he has committed himself to the club until the end of 2007.

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett and football manager Steve Woodhouse met with Judd's manager Paul Connors in Melbourne and a statement from the club said he was happy with their offer.

West Coast is expected to make an announcement on Friday following a meeting with Judd in Perth.

Born and bred in Melbourne, Judd has been the subject of constant speculation about a return to Victoria for the former Sandringham product, who rates among the most sought-after players in the game.

But Judd repeatedly stressed his desire last season to stay in Western Australia and be a part of a new era of success at the Eagles.

After a poor start, Judd helped West Coast reach the finals in 2004, handling the captaincy duties in the absence of injured skipper Ben Cousins.

He finished 12th in the AFL in kicks and 13th in disposals, playing all 23 games including the qualifying final loss to Sydney.

There's little doubt it will cost the Eagles a substantial amount to retain the flashy midfielder's services.

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