Freo coach Longmuir happy Eagles sticking with Simpson

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Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says he's glad Adam Simpson has been retained by West Coast, with the Eagles now facing some big calls on how to rebuild their list.

Simpson, who is contracted until 2025, looked set to be axed after leading the Eagles to the wooden spoon this season.

But West Coast announced on Monday they are backing Simpson to lead the club through its rebuild, saying it was a "unanimous" decision by the board to keep him on.

Football pundits have questioned how unanimous the decision could have been given there has been rumblings for most of the season about a division at board level.

Nevertheless, Simpson has received plenty of external support with many West Coast fans voicing their desire to stick with the premiership coach last week.

Longmuir, who worked under Simpson as an assistant before moving to Collingwood and then Fremantle, is happy his good friend will coach on in 2024.

"I'm glad he's held his job," Longmuir said.

"I think as a senior coach, you'd like to see out your term at least. I'm glad he's going on."

Simpson declared it was the end of an era following the retirements of Shannon Hurn, Luke Shuey and Nic Naitanui.

But the departure of the star trio marks only the beginning of the end-of-season cleanout.

Alex Witherden, Xavier O'Neill, Samo Petrevski-Seton, Jake Waterman, Luke Foley, Connor West, Jai Culley, Greg Clark, Zane Trew and Isiah Winder are all out of contract and face uncertain futures.

West Coast have already declared they are unwilling to trade contracted veteran Elliot Yeo, while Simpson has expressed his desire for contracted wingman Andrew Gaff to stay as well.

Sydney have previously expressed interest in Tom Barrass, but the defender has now assured West Coast he wants to stay.

West Coast's wooden spoon mean they will receive the No.1 pick at this year's national draft.

The Eagles can either use it to secure boom Victorian midfielder Harley Reid, or trade it to a rival club for up to three first-round picks in return.

Last year, West Coast traded their pick No.2 for two first-round selections, which they used to snare Reuben Ginbey (pick No.9) and Elijah Hewett (No.14).

Noah Long was a draft steal at pick No.58.

West Coast have already declared they will again focus heavily on the draft, but they are also open to bringing in players via free agency or trades.

The departures of Shuey, Hurn and Naitanui - plus the completion of Gaff's contract at the end of 2024 - means West Coast will have space in their salary cap to lure players their way.

Melbourne ruckman Brodie Grundy, Hawthorn forward Tyler Brockman and Western Bulldogs ruckman Jordon Sweet could be among West Coast's targets.