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West Coast won't make play for Maguire

By Justin Chadwick 30/10/2009 07:15:03 PM Comments (0)

West Coast won't make a play for de-listed Saints defender Matt Maguire in the national and pre-season AFL drafts.

Maguire, who has played just 14 games over the past three seasons after suffering a badly broken leg late in 2006, was axed from St Kilda on Thursday after 99 games.

The Eagles will use picks 7, 22 and 23 in November's national draft and will hold vacant a spot on their list for a mature-age player in the pre-season draft.

But West Coast football operations manager Neale Daniher said 25-year-old Maguire was not on their radar given his injury woes.

"We'll go to list management and talk through (about) Matt and make a decision but I wouldn't have thought Matt would be the top of our list," Daniher said on Friday.

"You would have thought (his injury is still a worry) otherwise he would still be on St Kilda's list.

"We'll have a look at all the de-listings.

"We'll probably take an experienced player given we've got three young guys to pick in the national draft and then we might have four or five rookies to come in as well.

"We'll probably go with someone with a bit more experience given the inexperience coming in at the other end."

The Eagles confirmed on Friday that promising midfielder Adam Cockie, Will Sullivan, Lewis Stevenson and Callum Wilson had accepted new deals on the rookie list, but defender Ryan Davis, who has played 14 games for the club, knocked back the offer and will nominate for the national draft.

West Coast de-listed midfielder Jamie McNamara and rookies Ashley Arrowsmith and Liam Bedford.

Meanwhile, Daniher slammed the AFL's decision to schedule the Eagles away games in round one and 22.

Daniher said it was unfair to start and end the season away from home and was especially critical of the round 22 match against Geelong at Skilled Stadium.

Not only do the 2009 premiers have the luxury of playing at home, but they will have had two days extra break than the Eagles.

"We are disappointed about round 22 in that not only are we away but they play Friday night the week before (and we play the Sunday)," he said.

"We played St Kilda early last year where we came off a six-day (break) and had to travel over there and they had an extra two days and we got belted.

"It does have a big impact."

However, Daniher said overall the club had been given a fairer draw than last season.

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