West Coast skipper Darren Glass has given the biggest hint yet that he wants to play on next year, but the 32-year-old says even his wife doesn’t know which way he’ll end up going.
Glass remains near the peak of his powers despite entering the final stages of his glittering career, and says he will make a final decision on his future within the next month.
The four-time All-Australian has captained West Coast since 2008, and said he would be keen to stay on in the role should he extend his career into a 15th season.
Glass was keeping his cards close to his chest when he fronted a press conference on Monday.
But when asked whether he was better than a 50-50 chance to play on, Glass gave fans a slight glimpse into his thinking.
“Probably, yeah. I’m enjoying my footy,” Glass said.
“I tell my wife nothing either. She wants to know what I’m doing.
“We’ll make the decision over the next month.
“The concern for me is can I play good footy next year. That’s what it’s about.
“I want to make sure I can do that. I want to be really confident.
“Hopefully it’s deep into a finals series.”
Glass has played 258 games since making his debut in 2000, placing him fifth on the club’s all-time games played list.
Only Glen Jakovich (276), Dean Cox (269), Guy McKenna (267) and Drew Banfield (265) sit above him.
Fellow veteran Cox is also expected to play on next year, while wingman Andrew Embley is seeking a new deal.
Although West Coast have slid dramatically out of flag contention this year, Glass was confident the club’s premiership window would open once again in 2014.
Glass has been a rock in defence for West Coast over the past decade, winning three best-and-fairest awards to go with his four All-Australian jumpers.
Although the 192cm veteran forged his reputation as one of the competition’s best key defenders, he is equally adept at taking on smalls.
In Saturday’s win over Gold Coast, Glass kept a tight leash on Gary Ablett in the first quarter when the star Suns midfielder was sent forward.
The match-up was enough for Glass to reassess his future.
“I was ready to retire chasing Gary Ablett around,” Glass joked.
West Coast sit two wins adrift of eighth spot, and will need to beat Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday if they are to keep their slim finals hopes alive.