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Glass picks Pav, Cox to carry the mantle
Glass picks Pav, Cox to carry the mantle

West Coast captain Darren Glass has named teammate Dean Cox and Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich as the most likely to be the first Perth-based players to reach 300 games.

Speaking ahead of his 250th game against North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium on Friday night, Glass said he was a “possibility” to reach the elusive 300-game milestone but maintained he is undecided about his future beyond this season.

Cox is sitting on 258 games and Pavlich, who is out with injury, is on 282.

Glass, who turns 32 tomorrow, said the heavy travel requirements of the WA teams was probably the main reason there had not been a Perth-based player reach 300 games previously.

“I think Coxy is a big chance and obviously Pav,” he said.

“It will be a great achievement if they do and I am a possibility but we will wait and see.

“I don’t think we have been playing from this side as long.

“And I think eventually the travel probably does take its toll when you are talking 13, 14 years.”

Glass named Pavlich, Hawthorn star Lance Franklin, former Sydney premiership player Barry Hall and Brisbane captain Jonathon Brown among his toughest opponents.

“I struggled on all of them at times,” he said.

“I have been beaten by all of them.”

Glass paid tribute to the influence of coach John Worsfold on his career.

The father of three said he would consider moving into coaching when his playing career was over.

“I have got a lot of respect for Woosha and the way he has led this club through the good times and the bad and I have learnt a lot from Woosha along the journey,” he said.

“I love football, love the game so I would love to stay in the industry.”

Midfielder Matt Priddis said there was no better leader than Glass.

“Two hundred and fifty games is just a huge achievement,” he said.

“He took over the captaincy at time when the club was going through a really tough period and his leadership, the way he stood up during that time - you can’t speak highly enough of him.”

The West Australian

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