Cousins, Judd always better than me, says Kerr
Daniel Kerr. Pic: AFL Media

West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr says he has never considered himself the equal of premiership teammates Chris Judd and Ben Cousins, as he predicts his battle-scarred body will stand up for at least two more seasons.

The 29-year-old yesterday confirmed he had signed a two-year contract extension with the Eagles until the end of 2014.

The deal comes as Kerr is set to bring up his 200-game milestone against North Melbourne at Hobart's Blundstone Arena tomorrow.

Kerr said he struggled as the Eagles slid from 2006 premiers to competition battlers in two years following the departure of Judd to Carlton and the sacking of Cousins after a straight-sets finals exit in 2007.

He said he had put pressure on himself to be the club's No.1 on- baller, not just when he became the last surviving member of West Coast's feared midfield combination, but he recognised the two former captains as superior players.

"I think no matter how much I trained they were always going to be better," Kerr said.

"I think we all complemented each other. I think it was easy playing with Chris. I did understand the way he played and I think he understood the way I played.

"Ben was a fantastic player to play with. I think he taught Chris and I a lot about football and a lot about how to work off the field to become a footballer.

"Ben was kind of the mentor and Chris and I were the young kids trying to emulate what Ben had done over his career. The three of us worked well together, but I think their consistency over their career was unmatched."

The 2007 All-Australian conceded he had lashed out on the field as he struggled to come to grips with the Eagles' fall from grace post-premiership, highlighted by his headbutt of Western Bulldogs champion Scott West in 2008 that led to a three-week suspension.

"I've grown out of a lot of things now luckily that used to get me in trouble," Kerr said.

"I got reported a fair bit in the mid-part of my career when I was frustrated with probably my poor form, and at times the team was coming off a successful run and I wasn't used to the team probably not performing as well.

"It frustrated me and I lashed out in ways I shouldn't. It's something that I've taken out of my game."

Kerr said he held nothing against Judd for returning home.

"I thought he may have left the contract before, but he played an extra one, won a premiership," Kerr said. "I thought as much as it was sad to see him move on I understood the reasons and sometimes friendship overrides what's going on in football."

Kerr would have reached the 200-game mark far sooner if not for an injury-interrupted run from 2008-10 in which he managed only 26 games.

He said he felt as though he was still playing with a torn hamstring last year following 2010 surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone in his right leg.

"I came into this pre-season still feeling it a little bit and then it just went away," Kerr said.

"So I'm reasonably confident that my body will hold up."


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