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West Coast appoint Hurn replacement


West Coast has appointed Luke Shuey as the new captain of the club.

The midfielder, 29, replaces Shannon Hurn in the role after the 2018 premiership skipper stepped down earlier this week.

Shuey was drafted by the Eagles in 2008 and has played 201 games in the blue and gold. The Victorian has won two best and fairests as well as the Norm Smith Medal for his sublime performance the nail-biting Grand Final win over Collingwood in 2018.

After three seasons as Hurn's vice-captain, Shuey becomes the 11th full-time captain in the club's history.

“It’s a tremendous honour. I look at the captains that have come before me and I feel a little embarrassed to be lined up next to them,” said Shuey.

“It’s not about me, it’s about helping this group get back to where we were in 2018.

“I’m never going to be perfect, but I’m going to try each day to get better. I’m pretty lucky to have Bung (Hurn) around. The way he’s going, I’ll have to retire and hand the captaincy back to him.”

Eagles coach Adam Simpson added: “We asked our players to think about the tough times and who stands up.

“No one has done that more than Boots. 11 years of football means that’s no surprise. That’s Luke.”

Star forward Josh Kennedy will remain as vice-captain alongside defender Jeremy McGovern who has stepped up from the broader leadership group.

West Coast Eagles Luke SHUEY Shannon HURN

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