Selwood cool on top job
Selwood cool on top job

West Coast vice-captain Scott Selwood won't be pushing to succeed Darren Glass as skipper when the champion defender steps down from the role, despite many people seeing him as the next in line.

Selwood captained the team in Thursday night's NAB Challenge win over Sydney in Blacktown.

It was the second time he'd been named acting captain after leading the team in the pre- season last year. But on that occasion he asked veteran Andrew Embley to assume several of the key responsibilities, including addressing the players.

Selwood was the only member of the leadership group playing against the Swans and said he now realised how much pressure came with the job.

"It was fun to get out and do it but I messaged Glassy last night and said there was a bit too much pressure and he can have the mantle back," Selwood said.

"It's not something I aspire to. We've got a lot of great leaders at our footy club. Joshy Kennedy is one and we've got a lot of guys coming through like Eric Mackenzie and Nic Naitanui who are going to be great leaders.

"It's definitely a role you'd never say no to. But in terms of having an aim towards it, I'm honestly not fussed at all."

Selwood and Kennedy were appointed vice-captains after Beau Waters stepped down to focus on his rehabilitation.

Selwood has played 110 games and will turn 24 this month - a similar stage of his career as his brother Joel when he was app-ointed Geelong captain in 2012.

The Eagles are undefeated during the pre-season, with their 35-point win over Sydney following an 84-point hiding of Fremantle.

All eyes will be on star ruckman Naitanui on Thursday when he plays his first game of 2014, a practice match against the Dockers at Patersons Stadium.

Naitanui, who has been eased through training over summer because of a groin injury, is West Coast's X-factor. The Eagles had a 3-8 record without him last year and a 6-5 record with him.

But Selwood said a best-afield display from Callum Sinclair against the Swans and another promising effort from Scott Lycett showed how strong West Coast's ruck stocks were.

He said having Dean Cox as a player and ruck coach had made a huge difference.

"Nic's going along well and most likely will be ready for round one. But just in case there is a hiccup, the two boys that are just below him are going terrific and they've both got great attitudes," Selwood said.

"Now that Coxy is the coach he has a bit more influence on how they learn. It helps being able to play on them and then also being able to give them feedback."

The West Australian

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