Claremont's hopes of winning a third successive premiership this year have been given a massive boost, with grand final hero Paul Medhurst reversing his decision to retire.

Medhurst, 31, called time on his career after kicking six goals in the Tigers' 26-point grand final win over East Fremantle last season.

But after meeting Claremont's coaching staff last month, the former Fremantle and Collingwood goal sneak agreed to play on for another year.

Claremont football manager Dean Horsington said the Tigers were delighted to have Medhurst back at the club.

"We thought he was travelling, but his plans changed a bit and he decided to stay in town," Horsing- ton said.

"He realised how much he enjoyed last year and he got in contact with us.

"We caught up a few times and talked through it and it's worked out for both parties.

"It's going to be a huge boost for us."

Medhurst played 168 AFL games in nine seasons before returning to his roots with Claremont last year.

He was awarded the Simpson Medal for his match-winning performance in the grand final, adding the prestigious honour to the Bernie Naylor Medal he won as the league's top goal kicker in 2001.

Medhurst added class and experience to the Tigers' forward line and Horsington said he was a role model for the young players.

"He's really good with the younger players and they definitely look up to him, given his experience," Horsington said.

"He's a big-game player and we're rapt that he's decided to go around again.

"We're pretty much settled on our list now and comfortable that we're going to be more than competitive again.

"We've always used the motto of 'sustained success' and we don't measure our success solely on premierships, but I don't think there's any club out there that isn't striving to win one.

"Whether we do or not is another thing, but we're just striving to put the strongest team out on the park each week to represent the club."

Claremont coach Marc Webb has added Clay McLernon to his coaching staff and is looking for one more assistant.

Utility player McLernon, 27, retired after spending most of last season in the Tigers' reserves team, playing a key role in their premiership.

The coaching group will meet in the coming weeks to specify their roles, with McLernon set to take control of a line.

We thought he was travelling, but his plans changed a bit and he decided to stay in town."Dean Horsington

The West Australian

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