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Gary Stocks  January 31, 2013 1:43 PM

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Darren has been a wonderful leader for our club and will continue in that role for at least another season.
Respected West Coast Eagles full-back Darren Glass is poised to become the second longest serving captain in club history after today being endorsed for a fifth season as the on-field leader.

The 2012 all-Australian captain was today ratified by the board as the skipper for the fast-approaching season, after the customary process of consultation and buy-in by his peers.

Glass has been captain for 101 of his 242 games, ranking behind Ben Cousins (104) and current coach John Worsfold (135) in terms of longevity in the revered role.

The three-time Club Champion is held in the highest esteem by all at the club, particularly his teammates. Going into the 2013 season, West Coast will retain the structure that it took into the 2012 campaign, with Glass having tough defender Beau Waters as vice-captain.

Senior coach John Worsfold announced the decision today, after the match committee’s decision was ratified by chairman Alan Cransberg and his fellow directors.

“Our board last night ratified our decision to make Darren captain again for 2013,” Worsfold said. “Darren has been a wonderful leader for our club and will continue in that role for at least another season.

“Beau Waters will also continue as vice-captain and there will be a leadership group to support those players.

“Darren has said in the last couple of years that he would like to hand over the captaincy at some point, but all feel he has a tremendous amount to contribute in the role. Importantly, his teammates want him to remain as captain.

“Beau Waters continued to shine as a leader last year, winning all-Australian honours and recently being added as the players’ representative on the AFL rules committee, showing his impact both on and off field.”

West Coast Eagles Chief Executive Trevor Nisbett said the board was unanimous in its support of the leadership structure.

“We have an outstanding leadership structure and the board was pleased to be able to endorse the appointments of Darren and Beau as captain and vice-captain,” he said.

“They have been exceptional leaders for a long time now and deserve the opportunity to continue in those roles.”