Rosa s faith in Eagles blueprint
Rosa's faith in Eagles blueprint

West Coast wingman Matt Rosa says the lure of future success under coach Adam Simpson convinced him to shun the free-agency circus and sign a new two-year deal with the club.

Rosa, 27, was one of the few attractive free-agency targets left on the market following David Mundy's new deal with Fremantle earlier this week, but he will stay in Eagles colours through to the end of 2016.

It is the second year in a row the club has secured its biggest potential free agent mid-season after Mark LeCras committed to a four-year contract in 2013.

Rosa's commitment leaves Dean Cox and Sam Butler as the club's two remaining potential free agents, though they are expected to re-sign on short-term deals or retire.

This year's free-agency pool has diminished significantly over the past month with Mundy and Carlton's Bryce Gibbs committing to their clubs long-term.

Melbourne's James Frawley, Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins and Collingwood's Tyson Goldsack are some of the bigger names still available.

Rosa has struggled with injury over the course of his 10 seasons at West Coast, missing several finals, but has played all but one game this year.

A rare occurrence of compartment syndrome in a leg, a back injury and collarbone surgery put him behind schedule last year but he has since returned to somewhere near his best form this season.

He said he could sense success nearing for the group and he wanted to stick around and be a part of it.

"I was here in 2005 and 2006 when the club played in grand finals and won a premiership and I have been around for some other exciting finals campaigns," he said.

"I am confident we can build towards that with this group.

"As a senior player, I believe I have an important role to play at the club and I have great faith in the playing and coaching groups.

"Adam Simpson is in his first year as senior coach and he has changed a few things, with the game plan and training.

"It is taking a bit of time for us to get on the same page with all of that, but we are certainly moving in the right direction.

"I have been here for 10 years and it definitely feels like home. It also feels like there's some unfinished business."

The West Australian

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