All over: West Coast skipper Darren Glass has retired immediately.
West Coast Eagles Captain Darren Glass has retired, effective immediately, after a decorated 270-game career with the club.
Glass has battled hip and ankle injuries in 2014 and declared that he could no longer produce the high-quality defensive standard he is renowned for.
The Northam product joined West Coast in 1999 and made his debut the following year, eventually cementing his position at full-back as the Eagles went through a rebuilding phase.
Glass was urged by club officials to play a farewell game, but the 33-year-old said he would rather a young, emerging Eagle play in his place.
The Eagles sit in 11th spot on the table with a 4-7 record, but Glass is confident the club is headed towards a bright future.
"I think there's plenty of depth in the backline," Glass said.
"There's plenty of talent and character in this group to go forward.
"Clearly we're not playing our best football at the moment, but I'm confident this group can go on and play finals this year and turn into a great team."
Glass ends his career with 270 games, four All-Australian jumpers, three best and fairest awards and one premiership to his name.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson said he would look to rotate the captaincy for the remainder of the year, with a full-time appointment expected to be made after the season.
Vice-captains Scott Selwood and Josh Kennedy are the early frontrunners to take on the role.
Following the Eagles' premiership triumph of 2006, Glass was appointed captain in 2007 after the sacking of Ben Cousins and the departure of Chris Judd left the Eagles searching for stability in the leadership group.
Glass was as instrumental in changing the culture of the club as he was in shutting down opposition full-forwards.
He retires with a list of accomplishments that features being named Club Champion three times and All-Australian four times - including as captain of the side in 2012. He kicked eight goals.
- with AAP