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Dean Cox has left West Coast to pursue a coaching role with the Sydney Swans

After more than 18 years playing and coaching at the West Coast Eagles Dean Cox is departing the club.

Cox, the club’s games record holder with 290 games, is set to join the Sydney Swans to continue the next phase of his coaching development.

West Coast Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said Cox’s imprint on the West Coast Eagles will be remembered forever.

“There are few people in the club’s history who can match Dean’s contribution on and off the field,” Nisbett said.

“While we’re disappointed to lose someone of Dean’s quality, we understand it is part of his continued growth as a coach.

“We thank Dean for everything he has given the West Coast Eagles and wish him the very best in the future.”

Cox, taken by the Eagles in the 2001 Rookie Draft, said he was eternally grateful for the opportunity to represent the Eagles as a player and coach for nearly two decades.

“The journey over the years has been an amazing ride. I feel very privileged to have been able to represent this great club for such a long time,” Cox said.

“I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity to learn from so many great people, but I know the time is now right to begin a new chapter.”