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West Coast Eagles skipper hangs up boots

HE has been captain of the club since 2007, but West Coast defender Darren Glass called time on his illustrious career yesterday, admitting his body would not allow him to play consecutive games.

The 33-year-old (pictured) will leave the game having played in the club's 2006 premiership, notched 270 games for his club, been a four-time All-Australian (captain in 2012) and three-time club champion.

Hip and ankle injuries have restricted him to eight games this season, the ultimate club man saying that wasn't fair on the team.

"I have really been struggling to back up from one game to the next," Glass said.

"It is time for me to step aside and give someone else a go. It has been a tough decision, but I am comfortable that it's the right decision."

Eagles officials said there was no plan to replace Glass as skipper in the short term, with Scott Selwood, Josh Kennedy, Matt Priddis and Eric Mackenzie to share the leadership load.