Rosa extends stay at West Coast
Matt Rosa has turned his back on the lure of free agency and extended his stay at West Coast for another two AFL seasons.
The 27-year-old, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the year, re-signed with the Eagles on Wednesday amid strong interest from clubs in his home state of Victoria.
Rosa says Perth “definitely feels like home” after 10 years, and reckons he still has some unfinished business.
“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 and I want to be a part of it.
“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 little bit of time for us to get on the same page with all of that, but we are certainly moving in the right direction.”
Rosa, the No.29 pick from the 2004 national draft, notched his 150-game milestone in Saturday’s western derby against Fremantle.
The hard-running wingman expressed his desire last week to finish his AFL career as a one-club player.
“Obviously we are delighted that Matt has decided to remain at the club for at least a further two years,” said Craig Vozzo, the Eagles’ general manager of football operations.
“He has been an integral member of the team for a decade and, aside from what he offers on-field, he is highly regarded within the playing group.
“As a free agent he had a number of options, but we’re pleased he’s staying and he is an important part of our future.”