West Coast quartet Nathan Vardy, Mark Hutchings, Brendon Ah Chee and Jamaine Jones will remain at the club next season after agreeing to terms for the 2021 season.
And young defender Harry Edwards has been upgraded to the primary list after recently agreeing to a two-year deal.
Vardy will continue on the senior list after inking a deal to stay in the west for a fifth campaign, shoring up the Eagles’ ruck stocks for 2021.
Fellow 2018 premiership player Hutchings will be moved to the rookie list after the League announced cuts to primary list sizes due to this year’s COVID-19-impacted season.
Meanwhile, forwards Brendon Ah Chee and Jamaine Jones have agreed to rookie contract extensions.
Vardy and Hutchings, both aged 29, will be hoping for bigger slices of luck on the injury front next year.
Towering tall Vardy did not feature at AFL level this season due to star Nic Naitanui’s career-best campaign and a serious compartment syndrome issue which required surgery in August, effectively ending his season as he was unavailable for the last six rounds.
Hutchings added only three games to his 116-match career tally following a lingering iliotibial band problem followed by a significant hamstring injury.
After switching his focus to playing across half-forward, Ah Chee produced his most consistent season in his third season as an Eagle.
The versatile 26-year-old played 16 games – the most of any season across his career – and appeared in his maiden final, nine years after he was drafted by Port Adelaide.
After training with the club over pre-season and then officially joining as a Supplementary Selection Period recruit, ex-Geelong small forward Jones impressed in two games before hamstring issues wrecked the 22-year-old’s season.
Following a period of uncertainty over list sizes, West Coast list manager Darren Glass was delighted to confirm the contract extensions.
“Unfortunately because the AFL wasn’t able to confirm list sizes until after the Trade Period we were in a holding pattern with several players and it was an extremely difficult period for them,” Glass told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“Firstly, we have upgraded Harry to our senior list after two years as a rookie, which is a reflection of his encouraging development and we believe there is a bright future ahead for him after his AFL debut this year.
“We are also really pleased we have now been able to offer Nathan, Mark, Brendon and Jamaine contract extensions.
“Nathan endured a tough time this season with that nasty leg injury, and his experience will continue to be important for our ruck division.
“Brendon and Jamaine both showed good signs this season playing in attack and will remain on our rookie list for next year.
“Mark has also been very patient while we worked through our list composition and with primary list spots reduced we have shifted him onto the rookie list.
“He had a challenging year on the injury front but is a true professional and we are confident he has plenty to offer our group in 2021.”