Darren Glass – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Darren Glass, the former Australian rules Footballer is born on May 14, 1981 and played for West Coast Eagles in AFL.
He is originally from Northam, Western Australia and began his career with Perth in West Australian Football league. . He is a very strong player and is mentally very sharp. Though playing consecutive games is a very big challenge for him, but he managed well with his regular trainings and practice sessions. With a weight of 93 kg and height of 192 cm, he has a good kick power.
Glass is like a legend of the club. He is the man who remained captain of the club for 129 matches and has been considered an outstanding leader. He is very powerful, fast and strong over the ground, and could battle great figures like great players. He played against GWS and led the team against Collingwood the following week.
He was recruited in the 1999 National Draft with the 11th pick by West Coast. He made his debut in the following season. He played fullback and was included in the All-Australian team for 4 occasions. He was made the captain of West Coast in 2008 and even won the club’s best and fairest player award in 2007, 2009 and 2001.
Darren Glass started his football career in 1999 and made his debut in Round 4, 2000 against Adelaide. Though he had a low profile in the team during the early days of his career, his hard work turned everything and helped him to secure the position of All Australian full back in 2006 AFL. The victory in the grand final in 2006 against Sydney was the most memorable victory of his career.
The year 2007 was a great year for Glass. He won the club champion award as well as has All-Australian selection for the second time. He was announced the captain of West Coast after the departure of Chris Judd to Victoria. Darren Glass was appointed to lead the club after the off-field scandals. The first year of his captaincy was very poor, where he had to suffer from the loss of Judd, as well as injuries to multiple players.
The year 2009 was again great for him, where he regained his performance back. He played 22 matches and won the club championship award for the second time. He gave a consistent performance for the next 2 years and won club champion award for the 3rd time along with All-Australian selection.
In the year 2012, Glass gave All-Australian selection for the 4th time and was made the captain of the team. His favourite ground to play on is Petersons Stadium. Glass played a very important role in changing the culture of the club.
Darren Glass announced his retirement due to an injury in June, 2014. He said, he is unable to play any more as he was battling with hip and ankle injuries. He played total 270 games throughout his career and declared that he no longer can give high quality defensive standard, he is known for. He was urged by the officials of the club to play a farewell game, but he suggested the club to take a young and energetic Eagle in his place.
Darren Glass has come up with his post retirement plans and is sought after mentor and keynote speaker since his retirement. His speaking topics include – driving performance, leadership, action learning, systems thinking, power of questions, work life balance, performing under pressure, mentoring etc.
Awards And Achievements
- All-Australian in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 (captain)
- Runner-up Best and Fairest in 2006
- West Coast Eagles premiership player in 2006
- Best and Fairest player award in 2007, 2009, 2011