No certainty for Glass as skipper
No certainty for Glass as skipper

West Coast's newly crowned All-Australian skipper Darren Glass will only continue as club captain next season if he retains the support of his teammates.

The 31-year-old, named in his fourth All-Australian team on Monday, has a one-year contract for 2013 and is yet to make a decision on whether he will continue beyond next year.

He said it was up to teammates and the club to decide whether he should continue as skipper.

"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," Glass said.

"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."

He said there was no guarantee he would continue playing beyond next season.

"I will just play next year and then make a call with the club maybe three-quarters of the way through the year," he said.

"We have got Eric Mackenzie playing terrific football, Will Schofield, Mitch Brown, we have got great depth in the tall defender department."

Glass, the first WA-based All-Australian skipper since Brian Peake in 1986, said being named captain of an All-Australian team was an honour but he had mixed feelings after his team's finals exit against Collingwood in last Saturday's semifinal.

"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."

Glass predicted that his club could improve, but warned West Coast couldn't just assume they would get a better injury run than they had in 2012, when Mark LeCras (knee) was lost pre-season and key forward Josh Kennedy (ankle) missed a big chunk of the season.

"Injuries will happen again for us next year as well," Glass said. "They did happen to some key personnel but there is every chance we will be missing some key players again next year.

"I think we have got the depth to cover it.

"Hopefully we are back up near the top of the ladder and putting our best team on the park every week trying to win a flag.

"We clearly need to improve all over the ground.

"Offensively we need to get better, defensively too.

"I think you have seen we have got a good group through the midfield, a young group that will improve over summer - (Andrew) Gaff, (Luke) Shuey, Scott Selwood, Matt Rosa.

"I think the group is going to come back pretty hungry and you will see some individuals improve and that will definitely take us further next year."

Glass agreed with most pundits that Hawthorn would win this year's premiership.

The West Australian

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