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Judd likely to re-sign with Eagles

By Adam Cooper 22/07/2003 08:55:39 PM Comments (0)

West Coast seems certain to re-sign budding superstar Chris Judd - the AFL's hottest property - and dash the hopes of a swag of Victorian clubs hopeful he would return home.

West Coast is expected to announce it has signed Judd to a four-year deal, giving the Eagles a foundation to base their tilt at a new era of dominance around the dashing midfielder.

The 19-year-old Victorian, in just his second season is believed to be ready to sign a contract at $400,000 a year.

Judd's Melbourne-based manager Paul Connors met with the Eagles with more talks set for Wednesday.

It is understood the Eagles could announce a re-signing as early as Wednesday - just two days after announcing they had re-signed captain Ben Cousins to a new contract to the end of 2006.

Judd's signing will help West Coast - currently third - build a side around a formidable centre square set-up of Judd, Cousins, fellow midfielder Daniel Kerr and ruck Michael Gardiner.

It will also foil the plans of several Victorian clubs including Essendon, Carlton and Hawthorn, which were banking on Judd wanting to return to his native state when his current contract expired at the end of this year.

Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews recently said Judd could demand $500,000 a season.

Judd has played every game since his debut in round two of 2002 for a total of 38 for 47 goals, including five in the Eagles' 69-point demolition of reigning premier Brisbane in round 12.

The Eagles insisted the two parties were yet to agree to a new deal.

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