Luke Shuey has agreed to extend his contract to the end of the 2015 season
The West Coast Eagles Football Club was delighted to re-sign young midfielder Luke Shuey over the weekend with a year remaining on his current contract.
The classy 22-year-old, who has already played 52 games for the club, has agreed to extend his contract with West Coast for a further two years, binding him to the club until the end of 2015.
Originally secured with selection 18 in the 2008 draft from the Oakleigh Chargers, Shuey was dogged by injuries in his first two years at the club, managing just six games.
But he made his presence felt in season 2011, playing every game, including three finals, and finishing runner-up to Essendon’s Dyson Heppell in the NAB Rising Star Award. He also earned fifth position in the Club Champion voting that year.
As a Victorian, Shuey said he had never considered returning home and has enjoyed living in Perth since he was 18 years old.
“There was no temptation to move back to Melbourne at all,” Shuey said.
“I’ve loved it since I’ve moved over here and I'm happy with the group of guys I’m playing with. They’re a fantastic group of fellas and we’re looking forward to the next three years. It should be really exciting.
“Looking at last year’s Club Champion results with Scooter [Scott Selwood] winning it and Jack [Darling] and Gaffy [Andrew Gaff] coming fourth and fifth respectively, it shows how good our young talent coming through is and I’m just rapt to be part of it and rapt to be playing with the guys that are here.
“I think we’re all very determined to achieve success in the next few years and I think we’re getting closer and closer each year. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep working hard to achieve the goal that we all share. Hopefully this is our year and I’m going to do everything I can to make that work.”
Contracts and list manager Craig Vozzo said the contract extension was a significant result for the club.
“It was an extremely important signing,” Vozzo said. “Luke is a terrific person. We see him as a really important player for us for the long-term, so him committing to our club at this early stage was fantastic news.
“He can play inside as well as outside, he has great power and speed and excellent skills. I think he’s developing his leadership skills well and will only improve.”