Josh Kennedy boots eight goals in his farewell game in front of a packed crowd at Optus Stadium.
Kennedy paid tribute to the supporters after a season-high crowd 50,117 packed Optus Stadium for the occasion and produced a finals-like atmosphere with the game on the line late.
"I've been so lucky over the course of my career with our fans at West Coast, and it brings a tear to my eye sometimes, just how much they actually give to you over your career. I can't thank them enough," he said.
West Coast names an unchanged leadership group for 2019, with Shannon Hurn remaining skipper for a fifth season.
Hurn will be supported by joint vice-captains Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey for a third consecutive year.
Star ruckman Nic Naitanui, who was elevated to the group before last season, retains his position alongside Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff after they turned their backs on free agency and re-signed with the Eagles last year.
Josh Kennedy undergoes minor knee surgery which will delay his return to football.
"He had a minor procedure to his knee, which is healing really well the doctors are really pleased with it. It probably set him back a short period, maybe a week," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.
Shannon Hurn will captain West Coast for a third straight year in 2017, while former Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell will provide support as a member of the leadership group.
Dynamic midfielder Luke Shuey has been elevated to co-vice captain alongside dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy.
Star duo Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff have also been added to the leadership group with Eric Mackenzie, who was the club's best and fairest in 2014 before requiring a knee reconstruction early the following year, the only omission from last year's group.
Matt Priddis rounds out the seven-man group, which was decided by a player vote, before being ticked off by the football department and then the board.
"Shannon Hurn has been a terrific leader since his appointment as captain three years ago and he has great respect from his teammates," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"Over the last couple of years Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff and Jeremy McGovern have certainly grown within the group and it has been reflected in the player vote.
"Clearly Josh Kennedy and Matt Priddis have been outstanding leaders for a long time and to have someone of Sam Mitchell's calibre at our disposal will be invaluable."
Luke Shuey caps off his best season at AFL level by claiming his first John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's club champion.
Shuey finished 11 votes clear of Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy and 17 votes clear of last year's winner Andrew Gaff.
"I'm speechless, really. I really don't know what to say," Shuey said.
"I'm so humbled to win this award for a couple of reasons. One, it's named in honour of a club legend who I was privileged enough to play under for five years in Woosha. But two, to win this amongst the calibre of guys I play with, particularly these four, who I look up to and idolise every week."
Josh Kennedy is awaiting the result of scans to determine if he has a long-term injury with his elbow.
"It's a complex injury," Eagles general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"So we're going through the assessment phase at the moment. We're still hopeful that we may have avoided a long-term problem but we'll know in the next day or so exactly where that's heading and we certainly haven't ruled him out for the weekend."
West Coast forward Josh Kennedy is set to return to the side for the first time since round five after just one WAFL match.
"AFL footy is more intense than WAFL, but he's good enough to play," Eagles coach John Worsfold said.
"What's the difference with him playing another game at East Fremantle versus playing for us this week? There's no real value in him playing another game of WAFL football.
"We don't expect that he'll be at his absolute best this week, but he'll still be very good."
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
John Worsfold has forecast a return to the 'land of the giants' forward line when Josh Kennedy comes back into the West Coast lineup.
"The first thing we want is to do is have him available to play knowing that he'll be able to contribute and play full game time for the remainder of the season," Worsfold said.
"We ask our conditioning staff to have him fit and ready to play AFL footy and full game time. That's where he's at. He's one of our senior leaders and top-line players, so we would love him back in the side we're expecting to get him back."
Monday, 13 August 2012
West Coast ambitions to finish in the top four will be boosted by the imminent return of spearhead Josh Kennedy.
"We've got a lot of confidence in Josh that he can come in and play a really important role for us," teammate Andrew Embley said.
"He was in a boot for a while actually, so he wasn't able to do much running. In saying that, over the last five or six weeks he's really built his running program up and he's naturally a very fit person anyway."
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Star Eagles forward Josh Kennedy has admitted he is unlikely to be sighted at AFL level until the finals.
"Probably in about seven weeks I'll be playing, so a couple for East Fremantle (in the WAFL) and then back in," Kennedy said.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
West Coast's decimated attack suffers another blow with forward Josh Kennedy set to miss 12 matches due to surgery after injuring his ankle in marking contest against Richmond.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Andrew Embley have all re-committed to West Coast on the eve of the 2011 finals.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Shannon Hurn and Josh Kennedy have been added to the leadership group at the West Coast Eagles.
"The elevation of Shannon and Josh is indicative of their standing within the squad," senior coach John Worsfold said.
Friday, 8 May 2009
West Coast's Josh Kennedy is ready to play himself into form at AFL level after returning to the side following knee and shoulder injuries.
"Josh will come in and give a great account of himself," assistant coach Daniel Metropolis said.
"He's been playing some good footy and we expect that he'll do well.
"So he'll definitely get the opportunity to do well for us this week and we'd like to think he'll play some consecutive games for us and get some good form up."