For just the second time in the club’s 37-year history the West Coast Eagles will have joint captains in 2024.
After going through a rigorous process that involved polling players, coaching staff and other senior staff across the club, star forward Oscar Allen and versatile utility Liam Duggan will share the duties next season.
The decision to have the pair captain the club in tandem was ratified by the Board this week.
“Being captain of a big club like the West Coast Eagles carries a significant level of responsibility,” said Gavin Bell, General Manager Football, today.
“The sentiment from the range of people, including their peers, was that little separated them.
“We also believe they complement each other with their different skill sets and styles so it makes sense for them to work alongside each other.
“In addition, Tom Barrass, who was a vice-captain alongside Jeremy McGovern, will remain solely in that capacity in 2024 as Jeremy takes a step back to focus on his own game. While he will not have a formal role we expect he will continue to lead strongly going forward.
“’TB’ is a man who cares deeply about his teammates and has been a strong leader and connector within the group for a number of years. He will continue to play a key role in that respect.”
Having Allen and Duggan as joint skippers will be the first time since 2001, when Dean Kemp and Ben Cousins were co-captains, that the Eagles have anointed a partnership duo.
They will become just the 13th and 14th players to formally be cast in the role of captain, following the retirement of Luke Shuey at the end of last season.
Allen, 24, kicked 53 goals in an outstanding season last year when he finished runner-up to Tim Kelly in the Club Champion Award.
Duggan, 26, who played at both half-back and through the midfield last season finished third in fairest and best voting. It was his third top five finish in the last four seasons.