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.