By Myles Peard. Images by Crib Creative
  • A moment with Myles ... and Darren Glass

    A moment with Myles ... and Darren Glass

June

As the captain of the West Coast Eagles, Darren Glass, is one of the game's most senior and respected players. Myles (10) doesn't let that stop him asking the tough questions

Myles:You play mainly as a full back. Have you ever thought about the full forward you’re playing on?

Darren: I haven’t really thought about what they go through to be honest. Hopefully they’re not having a great experience playing against me in that position, it’s somewhere that I’ve always loved to play. I enjoy it and have played most of my career there.

Myles: You’re one of the best full-backs of all time - what does that mean to you?

Darren: Playing alongside some of the greats, I don’t feel like we’re competing for the title of the ‘best’, but I have played with some great players in the West Coast Eagles group. It’s great to see new players coming through the ranks too like McKenzie who’s forging his own career now in the position.

Myles: In 2012 you were rated as captain of the year - did that make you feel proud?

Darren: Yes, that’s something I was very proud of, it’s a big honour alongside being part of the leadership group of the team.

Myles: You were quite underrated in a team which included Ben Cousins, Chris Judd, Andrew Embley and Daniel Kerr. What changed that in your view?

Darren: Well some of the guys left and I’m not sure I was underrated.  I wanted to be a role model and if you  play well, then you’re rewarded and play every week.

Myles: You were appointed captain after a series of off-field scandals. Did that add to the burden of responsibility?

Darren: No but it did change the focus as captain. Unfortunately for the first few years we struggled but eventually this was rectified. We tried to change the style as a whole and it eventually had an effect after all the off-field difficulties.

Myles: Who has motivated you to be a leader?

Darren: I was coached by John Worsfold and played under Judd and Cousins so they all had big influences on me. Playing with Coxy and seeing the young guys coming through has also helped me become a better captain, I would say.

Myles: Does it feel a bit weird being coached by someone you used to play against?

Darren: In some ways it is. I’m older than some of the coaches these days.

Myles: Who’s your tip to be the next captain?

Darren: We’ve got great vice captains right now in Selwood and Kennedy - I’m sure they’ll make the right choice and pick a pretty good guy to take it on.

Myles: Who was the toughest forward you have played against?

Darren: It’s a tough day on the ground if you found yourself up against Pavlich, Franklin, Jonathan Brown or Barry Hall. They run, kick hard, snap and crumb. Sydney were such a good team and fought pretty hard and we’d often come off exhausted after playing them.

Myles: Who was your childhood hero?

Darren: Peter Matera was - I haven’t modelled my game on him, not least because I haven’t got quite as many skills as Matera. It’s hard to think of anybody who has the same skills as him.

Myles: If we spoke to the younger players would they say that you’re a mentor?

Darren: I try to have a catch up with them all. As a leadership group we try to spend time with them. Because of the position I play I naturally keep an eye on the boys in the back row.  PL

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