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West Coast Eagles re-sign Lynch, Rosa

By Justin Chadwick 28/07/2008 05:12:16 PM Comments (0)

West Coast have re-signed forward Quinten Lynch and midfielder Matt Rosa but the club is refusing to reveal the length of the new signings.

A club spokesman said it was not "club policy" to reveal the length of the new contracts and even refused to divulge when the duo's current contracts expired.

Lynch has been a jack of all trades this season, playing as a pinch-hitting ruckman, a leading forward and also through the midfield.

The 25-year-old, who booted 65 goals in 2006 and 52 last year, has kicked just 19 goals in 17 matches this season but has been one of West Coast's most consistent performers in their miserable 2008 campaign.

Lynch was amongst his team's best in the Eagles' 17-point victory over St Kilda on Saturday, tallying 28 possessions and nine marks in his role as a big-bodied on-baller.

But after stints in the forward line, ruck and midfield this season, Lynch could be headed for the defensive half in the not-too-distant future.

"He's enlightened us this year with where he can play other than full-forward, in playing centre half-forward at times, playing on a wing and now going through the midfield," West Coast assistant coach Peter Sumich said.

"And I know four or five years ago he played down back, so that's still a possibility too at certain times."

Rosa, snared with pick No.29 in the 2004 national draft, fractured his ankle in the club's round-10 loss to Collingwood and is unlikely to play again this season.

The talented 21-year-old has notched 48 games in four seasons and will become a pivotal component of the club's midfield division moving forward.

"Matt Rosa's a proven player and he'll be playing in, hopefully, our coming finals series over many a year and grand finals if we're good enough," Sumich said.

Meanwhile, West Coast's long-serving fitness coach Stuart Cormack has informed the club he will return to his native Victoria at the end of the season.

Cormack will take up a post at Essendon to fill the void left by the impending departure of John Quinn.

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