A speed demon, an emerging forward and two veterans are the latest West Coast Eagles players to commit to the West Coast Eagles.
Jack Petruccelle, who has this year demonstrated his versatility, key forward Jack Williams, hard-working forward Jamie Cripps and four-time all-Australian Jeremy McGovern have all formalised contract extensions.
Petruccelle, 24, has played 15 games to this point this season to take his career tally to 70, and until this year the vast majority of those games had been played in the forward line.
This year he has shown he has more strings to his bow, playing as an inside midfielder, on a wing and also off half-back and has flourished in all positions. He has signed for a further two years, tying him to the club until the end of the 2025 season.
Williams, 19, was secured with pick 57 in the 2021 national draft and has played nine senior matches – eight of them this season. He has signed a one-year extension.
Recruited as a developing key forward, the 198cm teenager has also shown encouraging signs this season. Not only has he played as a key forward but has also been deployed as the support ruckman to namesake Bailey Williams.
The news that Cripps and McGovern have each extended for a further two years will come as no surprise to Eagles fans with strong speculation early in the season that it was the case. Both are key signings, especially in the wake of the retirements of respected leaders Luke Shuey and Shannon Hurn as well as talisman ruckman Nic Naitanui.
Born eight days apart in the year of the club’s first successful flag campaign, the 31-year-old premiership teammates will have important roles to play as they provide direction to players developing around them.
Each was had an interrupted campaign in 2023 as they were part of a devastating casualty list in the round three RAC Derby, Cripps with an ankle injury and McGovern with a hamstring tendon issue that required surgery.
McGovern, who has played 170 senior matches missed 10 games and Cripps, with 210 games with the Eagles and a further 16 with St Kilda, missed 13. The dearth of seniority in the team for much of the season has been a major factor in the club achieving just two wins.
“It’s good to lock away these players at either end of our list spectrum,” said List Manager Rohan O’Brien. “The experience and class of Jeremy and Jamie will be extremely important as we continue with the transition and with the number of young players we will see on our list.
“To re-sign the two Jacks is also important as we start to shape the list. We have seen other aspects to Jack Petruccelle’s game this year and Jack Williams has also shown some positive signs.”