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Smith re-signs with Eagles
Ash Smith. Pic: Iain Gillespie/WA News

West Coast defender Ash Smith has signed a new two-year contract with the club

The 22-year-old speedster was restricted to just five games this season after picking up an early injury but is seen as a key component for the Eagles going forward.

"I was really frustrated this year," Smith said.

"I played the first few games, then had an injury setback and it seemed that every time I was starting to get into shape, I would get another little niggle.

"I want to win back my place in the team to make sure I am part of something that we are building towards. I am confident we are going places and I want to be involved in that. It's a very exciting time at the footy club.

"Smith was selected with selection 36 in the 2008 draft from the Dandenong Stingrays. He played in the WAFL with Perth, before making his AFL debut in round 15, 2010 against Adelaide.He has played 31 games in all for the Eagles, including 18 in 2011.

"Having Ashley re-sign for the next couple of years is important for our club," Eagles list and contracts manager Craig Vozzo said.

"He is part of a core group of players coming through together who will have a strong influence on the goals we aim to achieve.

"He has a good mix of leg speed, impeccable skills and the defensive qualities so important in the back half in this era of football."

Smith will represent the Eagles in the annual grand final sprint on Saturday.

The West Australian

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