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Will Schofield has signed a three-year extension

WEST Coast defender Will Schofield has signed a three-year contract extension, committing the versatile backman to the club until the end of 2016.

Schofield has cemented his spot in the Eagles' back six in the past three seasons, missing just eight games in that period and playing as an important third tall defender.

His ability to support captain Darren Glass and key defender Eric Mackenzie by playing on a variety of tall and small opponents has been vital while his dash from half-back can be damaging.

The 24-year-old, who was recruited from the Geelong Falcons with pick No.50 in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft, said he was delighted to extend his time with West Coast.

"I have been here for six years already, so Perth and the West Coast Eagles have been a big part of my life," Schofield said.

 "Everyone is aware I had a tough year personally in 2012 and the easy decision would have been to go home to family and friends.

 "The club was great to me at that time and I really appreciated the support.

 "But I can't imagine playing anywhere else and everyone at the club is pretty excited about the future.

 "I am keen to be a part of the next West Coast team that achieves the ultimate success and we all believe that is achievable in the near future.”

 List and contracts manager Craig Vozzo said re-signing Schofield was a priority and having done so at this stage of the year was satisfying.

"We see Will as an important player in our future plans, both in the immediate and long term," Vozzo said.

"He has developed into a strong rebounding defensive player who has already had a strong impact and we expect him to be even more influential in the coming years."

Nathan Schmook is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Nathan