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Woosha wants Glass to play on next year

Justin Chadwick 13/04/2011 07:01:26 PM Comments (0)

As Darren Glass heads into his 200th AFL match, West Coast coach John Worsfold has backed the Eagles skipper to play at least one more AFL season.

Glass, who was dogged by a groin injury last year, has returned to top form this season, combining well with Mitch Brown, Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield and Eric Mackenzie to create a solid backline for the Eagles.

West Coast will acknowledge Glass' milestone by showing a highlights reel of his career before Saturday's clash with Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.

Worsfold said the two-times All-Australian, who turns 30 next month, was good enough to go around next year, and possibly one more beyond that.

"Considering the pre-season he had this year and his form, you would expect he could at least back that up next year and then weigh it up from there," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

"He's been a great servant over these 200 games for us.

"He's intelligent, obviously a very talented footballer, very thoughtful (and a) very strong character.

"They're the key attributes with him as a person.

"We'll watch some highlights of Glassy's career and just show what he's brought to the team over his 200 games.

"That's always good to reflect on how skinny he was 10 years ago and where he's got to now and see the heart he's put into the game for our club."

Glass, who was taken with pick No.11 in the 1999 national draft, took about four years to cement his spot in the side, biding his time while Eagles greats Ashley McIntosh and Glen Jakovich reached the end of their careers.

The 192cm defender played a key role in West Coast's premiership triumph in 2006, keeping Sydney spearhead Barry Hall goalless in a game-defining match-up.

Worsfold said Glass would be remembered as one of the club's great defenders.

"I think he holds up pretty well." Worsfold said.

"McIntosh and Glass play deeper, more at fullback. Jakovich roamed up the ground a little bit, got lost at times, forgot who he was playing on.

"But Glassy was twice the All-Australian fullback, which is a glowing endorsement to say that in two seasons he's been the most outstanding key positional key defender in terms of fullbacks in the game.

"So that stacks up there with all of them."

Glass inherited the captaincy at the end of 2007 - a tough time for the club as they dealt with the fall-out from the Ben Cousins drug saga, a host of other off-field issues plus the exit of champion Chris Judd.

"There's always different eras that teams go through and Glassy came through in an era when we were looking for a certain type of leadership and he's provided that extremely well," Worsfold said.

"What Darren's helped us achieve as a club has been enormous."

Worsfold said either Glass, Mackenzie or Brown would get the job on Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin, who booted five goals from 22 possessions in the Hawks' 63-point win over Richmond last week.

The Hawks will be boosted by the return of excitement machine Cyril Rioli from suspension but have lost defender Ben Stratton to a knee injury.

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