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Eagle Nicoski gets another year

West Coast small forward Mark Nicoski has earned himself another year's contract with the Eagles - despite the injury that derailed his 2012 season before it even started.

Injury-plagued Nicoski, who has played more than 20 games in a season only twice in a nine-year AFL career, tore his hamstring in the NAB Cup final against Adelaide and did not play a game last season.

He had early complications in his recovery from the tear - initially requiring repeat surgery - and then tweaked the injury again late in the season, as he attempted to push for a return to the West Coast side in time for the finals.

But despite his chequered injury history, Eagles list manager Craig Vosso told the AFL website there was never any chance of Nicoski going elsewhere.

"We're delighted we've signed Mark for another year," Vozzo was reported as saying on

"He had an outstanding 2011 and we were all really upset with the hamstring injury that occurred at the beginning of this season.


"But we're very confident he's going to come back strong and have a real impact next year.

"He's getting stronger and more confident in [his hamstring] and we're confident that he'll have a very good pre-season and set himself up for a really strong 2013."

Nicoski had kicked a career-best 41 goals in 2011, as the Eagles went from the bottom of the ladder to within a game of the grand final.

In other West Coast related news, the Eagles continue to try and negotiate a trade for St Kilda's Jamie Cripps and are also working towards finding Koby Stevens a new home in Victoria.

Stevens has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his club of choice.

West Coast has refused to trade key defender Mitch Brown to a Victorian club.