Newly crowned All-Australian skipper Darren Glass has tipped that Hawthorn will be the 2012 premiers.
Although Glass played down the effects of greater workloads and shorter breaks in the finals, he said Hawthorn and Sydney – the teams with the week’s break - were in the box seat to win their preliminary final match-ups against Adelaide and Collingwood this weekend.
“I think the Hawks win,” Glass said. “Clearly Sydney and the Hawks are in the box seat and I think that is the way the grand final will go but I think the Hawks will get up.”
Glass, the first WA-based All-Australian captain since Brian Peake in 1986, labelled his selection as a big honour but admitted to mixed emotions after West Coast’s finals exit against Collingwood at the weekend.
“It was a big honour but it doesn’t really change anything,” he said. “Still hurting from the game against the Magpies, obviously we lost and it was pretty tough.”
Meanwhile, Glass is not looking any further than next season as far as his own playing career goes. He has a contract to the end of 2013 and he is happy for others to decide his own future as Eagles captain, although he is expected to retain the position when players sit down to vote on it early next year.
“I have got one year to go and we will see how we go after that,” he said. “It (the captaincy) is not really mine to hold onto or to give away. Every year we vote on it and unless the club moves away from that, I am happy for whatever the players want.”“I am keen to continue on if the players want me to and if the club wants me to but if they think it was time for a younger player to take over and that I could help them out in a mentoring role I would be happy for that as well.”
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