WEST COAST premiership skipper Shannon Hurn has relinquished the captaincy after 5 seasons in the job.
The 32-year-old, who has been named the Virgin Australia AFL All-Australian vice-captain in each of the previous two seasons, determined handy the accountability to the next wave of Eagles leaders after coming to the realisation he may not commit the time required to guide the group.
“There have been ongoing conversations with the club for the past couple of years and this just feels like the right time to relinquish my role as captain,” Hurn stated in a press release launched by the membership on Wednesday.
“Instinct is an important part of the game and my gut tells me this is the right time for the next generation of players to lead the way. This is a decision that is based around what is best for the club over the next four or five years, not just the 2020 season.
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“I will nonetheless lead in the identical approach that I at all times have. I’m dedicated to serving to my teammates be higher gamers and to construct in the direction of our next premiership. That doesn’t change …
“While I have really enjoyed being captain, I feel at this stage in my career I can’t commit the time and pay the respect that the role needs and requires.”
The Eagles will have interaction gamers and key soccer division workers to supply the membership’s board with a advice for a alternative for Hurn.
Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey have been each vice-captains in 2019 and seem the frontrunners to take over, whereas Andrew Gaff, Jeremy McGovern and Nic Naitanui rounded out the Eagles’ six-man management group.
The no-nonsense Hurn was lauded by West Coast chief govt Trevor Nisbett as an excellent chief.
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“Shannon has led our club impeccably over the last five or six years and could not be more highly regarded by everyone at the club,” Nisbett stated.
“He calls it as he sees it and even in making this decision he has been very clear about it. Obviously he will continue to play an important role in the team and will support his successor to transition into the position.”
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A rustic boy from South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Hurn captained West Coast 120 instances, together with three video games as an appearing captain in 2014, to be third on the checklist of longest serving Eagles captains behind solely John Worsfold (138) and Darren Glass (129).
In his first season as skipper he led the Eagles to the 2015 Grand Final, which they misplaced to Hawthorn.
The 269-gamer is one in every of simply three premiership captains at West Coast, together with membership greats Worsfold (1992 and 1994) and Chris Judd (2006).