West Coast will wait till subsequent week to recognise premiership captain Shannon Hurn’s extraordinary milestone as he prepares to equal celebrity ruckman Dean Cox’s video games file.
Hurn will play his 290th AFL recreation on Saturday when the Eagles face St Kilda at Marvel Stadium.
He’s then resulting from break Cox’s file at Optus Stadium towards Collingwood in a Friday evening blockbuster subsequent week.
Satirically, Cox additionally equalled Glen Jakovich’s 276-game file towards St Kilda in 2014.
Cox retired on the finish of that season however Eagles coach Adam Simpson mentioned Hurn was taking part in like a person who will go on to shatter the file as an alternative of simply cross it.
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“He’s been great,” Simpson mentioned.
“Final 12 months, like quite a lot of our gamers, he was a bit rusty early. However this type this 12 months he’s again to his All-Australian finest. His management hasn’t modified however his output has most likely elevated. He doesn’t appear to be he’s slowing down in any respect.”
Hurn’s booming kick has develop into a good larger weapon this season as he’s taken benefit of the adjustments to AFL guidelines.
The South Australian has taken the kick-in duties for 23 of the group’s 31 alternatives and performed on 22 occasions.
He’s ranked second to solely Gold Coast teen Jack Lukosius for metres gained, averaging 632m per recreation whereas kicking with a 94 per cent effectivity ranking.
Simpson mentioned Hurn’s means to vary the sport for his backline was an enormous weapon.
“He’s in good kind,” Simpson mentioned.
“I believe our again six basically have been fairly settled. I don’t suppose we’ve modified the facet since spherical one and he’s all the time complemented that nicely.
“Kick ins are completely different now too. It’s an additional 15m you’ve acquired to drag again so on common it’s most likely gone 20m additional than most.
“That’s new to the 12 months and that helps Shannon.”
WEST COAST GAMES TALLIES
290 Dean Cox
289 Shannon Hurn
276 Glen Jakovich
270 Darren Glass
267 Man McKenna