Lycett to commit long term at Eagles

Scott Lycett is ready to re-sign with West Coast, with the club's offer of a long-term contract having convinced the emerging ruckman to remain in WA.

The 21-year-old has told teammates he is staying with the Eagles, which will help fill the shoes left by retiring champion Dean Cox.

It is believed Lycett has been offered an attractive three-year deal that will tie him to the club until the end of the 2017 season, cementing him alongside Nic Naitanui as the future of West Coast's ruck division.

Suitors Port Adelaide have been told Lycett is now off the table and will commit to the Eagles long term.

The lengthy contract extension is likely to be announced as early as this week.

The Power had actively courted the South Australian youngster, knowing he played for Port Adelaide in the SANFL.

Lycett's re-signing is a significant win for West Coast given his step up in performances this season and the fact his management put contract talks on hold earlier in the year.

He has played nine AFL games this year - more than in any of his previous three seasons - and shown signs of his potential with a career-high 19 disposals, to go with 17 hit-outs, against Brisbane last month.

The 203cm ruckman has dominated when asked to play at WAFL affiliate East Perth, booting 13 goals in six appearances and averaging 17 possessions.

It is believed West Coast officials made it clear to Lycett that no deal would be struck to trade him to Port Adelaide. Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said last month that both Lycett and wingman Andrew Gaff were off limits.

"There's a lot of interest in Scott, he's a good young player," Nisbett said.

"We're very firm. Scott won't be going anywhere. He's a big part of our plans."

Gaff is the final piece in the contract puzzle at West Coast.

The 22-year-old is coming off his best performance this season, booting three goals from 31 disposals in Saturday's win over Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

The value of his new contract is believed to be the only sticking point, with negotiations well progressed to keep him at the Eagles.

Cox, who didn't play against the Crows after he was concussed the previous round by a cowardly hit from Richmond big man Ty Vickery, is available to face Collingwood at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The veteran trained strongly at yesterday's hour-long session to press his case.

Coach Adam Simpson said Cox would need to play again soon after managing just a quarter and a half in the past four weeks, but hasn't guaranteed him a recall.

The West Australian

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