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West Coast stars Josh Kennedy, Andrew Gaff, Shannon Hurn re-sign with club

West Coast veterans Shannon Hurn and Josh Kennedy have signed new one-year deals to be part of the club’s premiership push in 2021.

The 2018 premiership teammates, both 33 and part of the same 2005 national draft class, will play for a 16th season at senior level.

Hurn, who has played 286 games, needs to play just four more to equal Dean Cox’s club games record of 290 and 14 more to become the first West Coast player to reach the 300-game milestone.

Kennedy has played 238 games for the Eagles after playing 22 matches for Carlton to start his career.

The Eagles also confirmed that wingman Andrew Gaff has formally triggered his long-term contract clause to remain at West Coast until the end of 2024.

It will likely lock in Gaff, who has played 215 games, as a one-club player and could enable him to reach the 300-game milestone in the final year of his deal.

Gaff turned down a huge deal to move to North Melbourne in late 2018, in the wake of his season ending suspension for punching Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw which cost him a place in the premiership team.

He instead signed a unique two-year plus four-year trigger deal at the Eagles, which would have allowed him to return to Melbourne now if he had chosen.

Now formally off the market, Gaff said he was looking forward to no longer being a part of trade discussions.

“Hopefully for a couple of years I won’t be talked about in trade periods and all that kind of stuff. So that will be nice and refreshing in that point,” he said.

“It’s really exciting and (I’m) looking forward to hopefully playing the rest of my career here and that will be something that means a lot to me.

“We’ve been a very successful club, made a lot of finals series in a row now and that’s something I want to continue to be a part of with a bunch of guys that I have grown up with basically since I was 18.”

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