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Eagles stars left out in the cold

By Justin Chadwick 31/07/2009 06:23:56 PM Comments (0)

West Coast captain Darren Glass admits he's unsure what the future holds for premiership forward Ashley Hansen and ruckman Mark Seaby after the pair were axed for Sunday's AFL clash with Essendon at Subiaco Oval.

Seaby, who asked to be traded last year, has managed just five games this season, with gun recruit Nic Naitanui leapfrogging him in the pecking order as preferred back-up to Dean Cox.

Seaby, 25, has notched 102 games in six seasons with the Eagles but is almost certain to seek a new home when his contract expires at the end of the year.

The injury-plagued Hansen is contracted until the end of 2010 but has been in and out of the senior side for the past four seasons due to a run of niggling injuries and lack of form.

He managed just 1.2 from 11 possessions against Fremantle last week and has paid the price for his inconsistency, with 21-year-old Callum Wilson upgraded from the rookie list to take his spot.

"They're not in unique positions," Glass said of Seaby and Hansen.

"Every week, half the squad misses out on a game and I know the character of both of those boys and they'll go out and play well and put their hand up for selection again at WAFL level.

"They're both very strong characters and great guys to have around the footy club."

When asked whether he would like to see the pair remain at the club next year, Glass replied: "It's really up to difference circumstances, match committee, which way the club is going, so all that stuff is a little bit out of my control."

"The boys know where they're at.

"The coach is very honest with the players, they know what areas they have to work on to get back into the side.

"If guys aren't performing they have to go back to WAFL and find form."

Seaby and Hansen aren't the only ones to be left out in the cold, with fellow premiership players Tyson Stenglein and Chad Fletcher again overlooked for selection.

Glass said Wilson, who has booted 28 goals in his past six WAFL games, deserved his call-up.

"He's a big boy that leads nice and hard," Glass said.

"He attacks the footy pretty hard and has a terrific set of hands. He's more of a traditional type of full-forward."

The Bombers were decimated by injuries in their narrow loss to Richmond last week, with skipper Matthew Lloyd (heel), Mark McVeigh (cork), Jason Winderlich (back), and Alwyn Davey (knee) all ruled out of the Eagles clash.

Heath Hocking, Hayden Skipworth, Sam Lonergan and Jay Neagle return to the side.

Essendon are clinging to eighth spot on the table and are desperate to beat the Eagles in order to keep their finals hopes on track.

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