Two seasoned defenders and an emerging young talent have committed to club by signing new deals on the eve of the 2022 AFLW season.

The exciting trio - Evie Gooch, Belinda Smith and Sophie McDonald - are coming off impressive campaigns and looked particularly compelling when playing together in the last three matches of the season.

Developing youngster McDonald, signed from the Eagles' academy, showed some promising signs across six matches last year and has re-signed following her encouraging third season.

Tasked with playing on two-time AFLW Best and Fairest winner, Erin Phillips, in round three the key defender took seven intercepts in a gripping display to keep the versatile forward to just one goal.

Tenacious defender Gooch only entered the club in June last year but has quickly held down a defensive post with a booming right boot and penetrating kick.

Despite being placed on the inactive list due to a wrist injury, Gooch will play an off-field role for the season as a backline development coach.

Using her experience and knowledge - across five seasons in the AFLW competition - the disciplined lockdown defender will guide the Eagles' younger contingent through the year as she moves through rehab.

Energetic defender Smith is also coming off a career-best season after honing her craft to play either a lockdown or intercept style of defence.

Finishing in the AFLW's top 10 for intercept marks taken across the season, Smith's defensive brain and football nous make her a valuable component of the Eagles' backline for the upcoming season.

As one of West Coast's most experienced players - with six seasons and 40 games under her belt - the crafty defender looks set to have her best season yet in the blue and gold.