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The Age

Eagle Worsfold lands a coaching role at Carlton

Date: 17/09/1999
Words: 337
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 3
Dual West Coast premiership captain John Worsfold has signed a three-year deal with Carlton and will join the club as an assistant coach next month.

The highly sought-after Worsfold, who was interviewed last week for the senior coaching position at Hawthorn, agreed to the Blues' deal several days ago, with the club trying to keep the appointment confidential until after the club's 1999 campaign was complete.

The Carlton players last night had not been told that the 209-game former Eagle would be joining the club.

Worsfold, who will turn 31 on grand final day, was appointed as part of Carlton's strategy to bolster its coaching department, with Ross Lyon departing Richmond to coach the Blues' reserves.

Worsfold will join Wayne Brittain as an assistant to David Parkin.

Former Blues captain and board member Stephen Kernahan will remain an assistant coach in a part-time capacity after knocking back a lucrative senior coaching offer from Adelaide, and Greg Williams, another part-time assistant, is expected to reverse his plans for a year's sabbatical from football and retain his current role.

Worsfold's appointment was not linked to the possible departure of Brittain, who remains on the Richmond coaching shortlist.

STEPHEN RIELLY reports that Richmond's search for a coach continues to gather candidates, with Collingwood assistant Danny Frawley speaking to the Tigers yesterday and Carlton assistant Wayne Brittain expected to do so this morning.

Melbourne assistant Greg Hutchison, who coached the Demons for the last 13 matches of 1997, has twice spoken to the Richmond hierarchy, while former St Kilda coach Ken Sheldon is also in the mix, along with Western Bulldogs assistant Brian Royal.

The Tigers are hoping to make an announcement by late next week, with Sheldon the favorite.

Meanwhile, recently retired Melbourne champion Garry Lyon is being linked with a part-time role at Collingwood, most probably as a skills coach, under the soon-to-appointed Michael Malthouse.

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