Gaff on verge of new West Coast AFL deal

Star West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff says he’s close to re-signing with the AFL club, allaying fears he may leave at the end of the season.

Gaff is hot property after winning an All-Australian berth last season, but the Victorian has yet to re-sign.

However, the 24-year-old says there’s just a few more things to fix up on the contract before he recommits to the Eagles.

“It’s getting pretty close,” Gaff told Perth radio station 6PR.

“I think we’re just in the process of fixing up a few things.

“I’m loving it over here and looking forward to continuing. The club has been great ever since I’ve moved over from Melbourne.

“I’ve made some new friends over here. The club is in a very good position going forward with a lot of young talent, but also (with) older guys playing well.

“It’ll sort itself out in the next week or two I think.”

Gaff holds the club record for consecutive games at West Coast with 113.

The streak would have been even longer had he not been knocked unconscious at the hands of Port’s Tom Jonas earlier this season.

Jonas was suspended for six weeks over the incident, with Gaff sitting out the following week.

Gaff’s output was noticeably lower for a few weeks following his return, and the 24-year-old said it took him some time to get back into the groove.

“I just felt perhaps a little bit more rushed than I did at times,” Gaff said.

“I think when you come back from something like that, you feel like you’re under a bit more pressure whenever you have the ball and you’re pretty quick to bomb it away or handball it to someone else.

“It’s just that composure that probably went away for a couple of weeks.

“It was something that was frustrating for a couple of weeks, but I feel like I’ve got over that and I’m starting to play some decent football.”

West Coast will start as hot favourites when they host Melbourne at Domain Stadium on Saturday.

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