Thursday, 5 March 2020
Elliot Yeo and
Jack Darling have been elevated into the Eagles' leadership group under new captain Luke Shuey.
"They're both wonderful footballers, but sometimes it takes a little bit more time, we all develop at different rates in terms of leadership," Eagles manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Jack is a quieter, one-on-one type mentor. He has a terrific knowledge of the game and is able to pass that on one-on-one through our forward line.
"Elliot has developed into one of our best players and one of the better players in the game, and is still forming his way of leadership and it's going really well."
The group has expanded from six to seven in 2020, with former captain Shannon Hurn stepping away from an official leadership role.
Shuey will be supported by vice-captains Josh Kennedy and Jeremy McGovern, with ruckman Nic Naitanui and midfielder Andrew Gaff rounding out the group.
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Shannon Hurn steps down
as captain of West Coast after five years in the role.
"This just feels like the right time to relinquish my role as captain. This is a decision that is based around what is best for the club over the next four or five years," Hurn said in a statement.
"While I have really enjoyed being captain, I feel at this stage in my career I can't commit the time and pay the respect that the role needs and requires."
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Shannon Hurn signs a new one-year deal to remain at the Eagles until the end of 2020.
"It's nice to get it locked away so I can focus on the season," Hurn 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.
Saturday, 6 October 2018
Elliot Yeo claims his second John Worsfold Medal as the Eagles' best and fairest for the 2018 season.
Following a stunning transformation from All Australian half-back to elite midfielder this season, Yeo (273 votes) was a clear winner from ex-Brisbane teammate Jack Redden (231) and captain Shannon Hurn (222).
"It's a truly honourable experience to be able to win a second club champ," Yeo said.
"It's been a pretty good week, to be honest. It was my birthday on Monday, we won a flag on Saturday and I was able to be crowned today as well."
Monday, 23 July 2018
Mitch Honeychurch is cleared of serious injury following a heavy collision with West Coast captain Shannon Hurn at Optus Stadium.
There were fears Honeychurch may have sustained neck and cheekbone injuries when he collided with Hurn as he attempted to pick up a ground ball in the third quarter, but scans revealed no damage to those areas.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Shannon Hurn activates a trigger clause in his contract which will see him remain at the Eagles until the end of 2019.
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Nic Naitanui is promoted to the Eagles' leadership group for 2018.
"I think having the past year off has really improved my leadership," Naitanui said.
"Obviously not being able to have an impact on the field, Iíve had to find different avenues.
"Finding some stuff off-field with some of the players has really built my leadership over the past couple of months and year in particular."
Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff have retained their positions supporting skipper Shannon Hurn, plus deputies Luke Shuey and Josh Kennedy.
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Shannon Hurn retains West Coast's captaincy for a fourth season in 2018.
"Itís a great honour to again lead this group," Hurn said.
"This is a vastly different squad to the one that represented the club last year, but itís really exciting.
"I enjoy the captaincy and it is a great privilege to lead the club."
Monday, 4 December 2017
Shannon Hurn believes he has plenty more to offer as skipper, and he wants to retain the role while the club enters a new era.
"During your first year (as skipper) it's the unknown. So you probably try to do things you don't need to do, and impress things that probably aren't needed," Hurn said.
"And you go away from being yourself and your own behaviours.
"I think in the past 18 months, I've become really comfortable with it. I understand more and more what footy's about and how you have to pass it onto your players."
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Weat Coast captain Shannon Hurn says Mark LeCras needs to ask himself whether he is fully committed before putting his hand up to play on in 2018.
"If you want to work hard, want to get better and come and do the hard yards, I certainly think Lecca can play for another two years, no problem," Hurn said.
"He's a very smart forward, understands the game and generally finishes off quite well. I'd love to see him play on and I think he will, but there's still a bit going on.
"I know he's keen to play, so it just comes down to that commitment."
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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."
Shannon Hurn says he hopes to lead the Eagles to a premiership as captain of the club in 2017.
"Pretty excited to be re-elected as captain. I've enjoyed it the past couple of years and I get another opportunity this year," Hurn said.
"Really looking forward to it and hopefully we can have another good year and play some finals footy and hopefully win a premiership."
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Shannon Hurn signs a one-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the club until the end of the 2018 season.
The new deal keeps Hurn out of future free agency pools and all but ensures the 28-year-old, who was already signed on for next season, will be an Eagle for life.
"It's great to have the contract done and dusted early in the year," Hurn said.
"I do like to lock it away sooner rather than later so that it doesn't become a distraction and I can concentrate completely on the season ahead."
Friday, 2 October 2015
As Shannon Hurn prepares to lead the Eagles into the 2016 Grand Final against Hawthorn, teammate Mark Lecras says his skipper is a natural leader.
"He's always had the ability to be a really strong leader for us and once the position was made vacant by Glassy he probably saw himself as the ideal fit," Lecras said.
"He worked really hard on becoming a good leader and he's stepped into the role and done a great job this year. He's a well-rounded person. He's pretty level-headed, which is perfect for the role.
"I think he can read the playing group pretty well. He's obviously a great footballer, which helps. When he speaks the players listen. He doesn't speak when he doesn't need to. He's one of those blokes that the players want to follow."
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn expects Sharrod Wellingham to perform in 2015 after two underwhelming seasons at the club.
"He's matured more as a player and he understands what he has to do off the field but also on the field to become a better player," Hurn said.
"So I think he's been able to do that. And now it's just about putting the results on the footy field."
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
West Coast vice-captain Josh Kennedy put his own leadership ambitions to one side when he voted for teammate Shannon Hurn to take the top job.
"It was great to see 'Bunga' get it," Kennedy said.
"I voted for him. He's a terrific player and a terrific leader. His knowledge of the game is above a lot of us. The way he communicates with all the boys is fantastic. He's going to be a fantastic leader."
Monday, 8 December 2014
Shannon Hurn is named West Coast captain for 2015, becoming the 10th skipper in the club's history.
"It's just a great honour," Hurn said.
"I think we have a great bunch of players at the club, so I think it will be fantastic to lead them."
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Shannon Hurn is emerging as a leading candidate to take over the West Coast captaincy permanently given the way his teammates and coach speak of his leadership.
The 26-year-old defender reaches a significant milestone on Saturday when he plays his 150th match, against Essendon at Etihad Stadium.
"I don't want him getting ahead of himself with his footy smarts but he's very confident in his own ability," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He understands the game and reads the play well. I've spoken a couple of times about how I want the players to identify situations game-day and how we can change things and (how) they can change (things) themselves.
"And he's leading that. Our backs in general have been pretty good in the last month at identifying different cues and reading different situations. So he's at the front of that at the moment."
Friday, 27 June 2014
Shannon Hurn will get his opportunity to skipper his side against Fremantle this week as part of West Coast's ongoing search to find a long-term replacement for Darren Glass.
"He's actually probably our smartest - in terms of football smarts - player at the club," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He knows the game. He loves the game. He's not one of those players who switches off in terms of going home and not watching a game.
"He's up to speed with what's going on in football. He's vocal and demanding, all the things you look for in a leader."
Monday, 31 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a month due to a medial strain in his right knee.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a fortnight after suffering a knee injury in the Eagles' big win over Melbourne.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Shannon Hurn signs a three-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the Eagles until the end of the 2017 season.
"You always have to consider your options but I have no intention of going anywhere else, so thought we'd settle things early," Hurn said.
"I enjoy the football club, some of my best mates are here and I think it's a pretty exciting time for the club.
Monday, 24 June 2013
Shannon Hurn and Scott Selwood face extended stints on the sidelines after the pair were injured in the Eagles' clash against Hawthorn.
Hurn is set to miss eight weeks due to an injured ankle which will require surgery while Selwood has a suspected broken thumb.
Friday, 20 January 2012
Shannon Hurn has spent the pre-season working on his endurance to help his run out of defence in 2012.
"As much as you are a defender and you have to be able to defend, kicking goals and helping to create scoring opportunities is how you win games," Hurn said.
"Certainly getting the ball and kicking inside 50 is something I want to get better at Ö getting up the ground, getting forward of centre."
Monday, 20 June 2011
Three goals and seven inside 50s against the Power have shown Eagles defender Shannon Hurn to be more than just a backman.
If we can manufacture him as the loose man in defence he can have a bit more freedom to go up the ground because he doesn't have to worry about a man," Hurn's fellow half-back, Sam Butler, said.
"It's semi by design, but it's also about him reading the game. If he can push up and have an impact you've got to go for it. He's only getting better and hopefully as the games progress we get that big leg going a bit more."
Monday, 5 April 2010
West Coast's Shannon Hurn looks set to miss the next two matches after he was charged with a rough conduct offence against Port Adelaide's Paul Stewart.
Stewart suffered a broken nose, was knocked unconscious by Hurn's bump and had to be stretchered off the field.
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.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
West Coast captain Darren Glass has won the club's 2009 best and fairest award ahead of Shannon Hurn and Mark LeCras on Friday night.
"I want to get back into pre-season," Glass said.
"I've got lots of things I can work on. I want to add to the offensive side of my game and just keep improving.
"There's no doubt this year we were better defensively as a team and I'm pretty confident we'll make improvements on that again."
Teammate Tyson Stenglein took the opportunity to announce his retirement after 102 games for the Eagles at the awards.