West Coast has moved quickly to secure Zac Langdon on the opening day of the Trade Period by sending a third-round draft pick to Greater Western Sydney for the speedy goalsneak.
After three years at the Giants, who selected the mature-age recruit via pick 56 in the 2017 draft, Langdon returns to Perth in exchange for selection 54.
Langdon will bolster the Eagles’ small forward stocks, adding tackling pressure, high-end running power and another goalkicking threat to coach Adam Simpson’s squad.
"There were a few reasons why I chose West Coast. From the outside looking in they’re a great club, and I spoke to my manager Colin (Young) earlier in the year and he seemed to think it would be a great fit for myself," Langdon told westcoasteagles.com.au.
"I know they’ve got a good role there that I could fit into. I probably see my future playing footy at a club like that where my skill and my assets I can bring will complement the team, and just helping myself to take my footy to the next level as well.
“I think West Coast have probably got (one of) the best, most dangerous forward lines in the comp at the moment.
"If I can add to that mix then I’m really excited to play alongside those boys."
Langdon, a Claremont product who turns 25 next Friday, burst onto the AFL scene in 2018 averaging one goal and more than four tackles per game in 21 matches.
He rated elite for tackles inside 50 (1.7) and produced some of his best efforts against quality opposition.
In just his eighth game, Langdon nailed three majors against 2017 Grand Finalists Adelaide from 13 touches, and snared three more from 15 disposals in a battle with reigning premier Richmond later that season.
A serious ankle injury restricted him to three matches in 2019 as GWS made it through to the Grand Final, and he added seven appearances this year for three goals.
West Coast list manager Darren Glass was thrilled to add Langdon to a forward line already featuring dangerous smalls such as Jamie Cripps and 2020 All Australian Liam Ryan.
“We are very pleased to secure Zac after he signalled his desire to return home to Western Australia,” Glass said.
“Our club tracked Zac closely before he was drafted in 2017 and he has shown he can apply excellent forward pressure and hit the scoreboard at AFL level.
“He is also an elite runner and we feel he will add skill and speed to our attacking mix. We are confident that Zac’s best footy is still ahead of him.
“We look forward to welcoming Zac and his fiancée, Eli, to the club and he will commence pre-season training with our first-to-fourth-year players in December.”
With eight days remaining in the Trade Period - which finishes on Thursday, November 12 - the Eagles currently hold picks 33, 59 and 90 in the national draft.