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Eagles greats inducted into WA Football Hall of Fame

Chris Judd (C) of the Eagles celebrates with Dean Cox after scoring a goal during the round four AFL match between the Kangaroos and West Coast Eagles at Manuka Oval on April 23, 2006 in Canberra, Australia.
Dean Cox and Chris Judd were a formidable force in the Eagles' midfield

Three of the greatest players in West Coast Eagles history were tonight inducted into the WA Football of Fame.

Ruckman Dean Cox, defender Darren Glass and midfielder Chris Judd, pivotal players in the 2006 premiership triumph, were welcomed into WA football’s elite at a gala event at Fraser’s Restaurant.

Cox, the games record holder at the Eagles, Glass the only Eagle ever to be named all-Australian captain and Judd, the first of the club’s Brownlow medallists (ahead of Ben Cousins 2005 and Matt Priddis 2014) are among the highest achievers in the storied history of WA football.

They certainly are not out of place in the exalted company of those elevated before them.

The journey of Cox, now an assistant coach at Sydney Swans, is one of perseverance and dedication after progressing from country football in the State’s northwest (Dampier) to East Perth and then the Eagles.

Initially placed on the West Coast rookie list after playing in a colts premiership for the Royals in 1999, he faced a tough pre-season baptism in his maiden AFL campaign, struggling to get through his first running session.

Ironically, his aerobic and athletic attributes would become his trademark tools as he combined to add a unique element to a West Coast midfield that boasted some of the game’s finest, including Judd, Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr.

Glass, another country product (Northam), is an assistant coach at Hawthorn and after a patient progression in his development is the longest serving captain behind the revered John Worsfold.

When Judd returned to his home-town of Melbourne in 2008, Glass assumed the mantle of skipper and proved to be an outstanding leader – evidenced by his length of service in that role (2008-14).

He also performed strongly, mainly in the last line of defence, where he was rarely beaten in one-on-one contests. To win three club champion awards and to be runner-up on another occasion when playing mostly at full-back was testimony to his ability.

When there are discussions about the best player ever to represent West Coast, the name Judd is always in the conversation.

Acquired by the Eagles with selection #3 in the 2001 draft, as a compensatory pick for failing to win more than four games, Judd had an immediate impact at the club.

He played for East Perth in the opening game of the 2002 season, kicked four goals and polled five votes in the Sandover Medal. A week later, after an auspicious AFL debut against Collingwood, he won the National Rising Star nomination.

His career was off to a flying start and the bar never dropped below that lofty benchmark.

In his six seasons as an Eagle he won the Club Champion Award twice, was runner-up twice, finished third in his debut season and in his final year, when incapacitated by osteitis pubis, was sixth.                        

COX, Dean
Games – West Coast Eagles 290, East Perth 26
Honours – West Coast Eagles premiership player 2006; West Coast Eagles grand final player 2005; East Perth premiership player 2000; Simpson medallist 2000 WAFL grand final; West Coast Eagles Club Champion 2008; West Coast Eagles Best Clubman 2006; All-Australian 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012. West Coast Eagles life member 2008.

GLASS, Darren
Games – West Coast Eagles 270, Perth 48
Honours – West Coast Eagles premiership player 2006;  West Coast Eagles grand final player 2005; West Coast Eagles Club Champion 2007, 2009, 2011; Runner-up Club Champion 2006; West Coast Eagles player of the finals 2007, 2011; West Coast Eagles captain 2008–2014; All-Australian 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 (captain);  West Coast Eagles life member 2008.

JUDD, Chris
Games – 134 West Coast Eagles, 145 Carlton, 1 East Perth
Honours – West Coast Eagles premiership player 2006; Brownlow medallist 2004 (West Coast Eagles), 2010 (Carlton); West Coast Eagles grand final player 2005; Norm Smith medallist 2005 grand final; West Coast Eagles captain 2006-07; All-Australian 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; West Coast Eagles Club Champion 2004, 2006; Runner-up Club Champion 2003, 2005; West Coast Eagles player of the finals 2004, 2005, 2006;  John Nicholls Medal 2008, 2009, 2010; Leigh Matthews Trophy 2006, 2011; AFLPA Best First Year Player Award 2002; AFL Goal of the Year 2005; AFL Life Member 2015; West Coast Life Member 2018.