Eagles' Gaff in no rush over AFL future

Justin Chadwick

West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff says the lure of premiership success will play a big role in deciding where to play his football next year, but he's not in any rush to make a decision.

Gaff will be a restricted free agent at season's end, and there's already reports that Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Essendon and North Melbourne are interested in his services.

West Coast are keen to hang onto Gaff, but they will also have to fork out the big bucks to retain star defender Jeremy McGovern and ruckman Scott Lycett.

The Eagles are now second favourites to win the flag following Sunday's 47-point demolition of defending premiers Richmond.

West Coast's eight-match winning run has put them a game clear on top of the table, giving them an excellent launching pad for a premiership assault.

Gaff hails from Victoria, and the lure of returning home could be significant when he decides on his future.

But the chance of premiership success at West Coast could be too hard to resist.

Either way, Gaff isn't going to revisit his contract situation until later in the season, meaning West Coast officials and fans will have to sweat it out a while longer.

"I think all guys play to win premierships, but we know how hard they are to win," Gaff said.

"Only one team finishes the year happy out of all 18, so no doubt it's going to play a big decision in my mind.

"Obviously it's very exciting for the footy club (being top of the ladder).

"But I've been pretty firm in my stance that I'll get that (contract) done later in the year."

Gaff said West Coast boasted a harder edge this season, and were also better equipped to run out games.

The 25-year-old will have even more motivation to run out games after joining forces with Foodbank for a charity promotion.

Club sponsor AGL will donate 500 meals to those in need for every kilometre Gaff runs at West Coast home games for the rest of the season.

Gaff ran 14.9km against the Tigers - lower than his usual - and said he'll be looking to up the tempo at the next home game.

West Coast's next challenge is against Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Hawks will be aiming to bounce back from last week's shock 56-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba.