John Worsfold to seek Essendon extension


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    Essendon coach John Worsfold seems destined to be rewarded for overseeing the Bombers rebirth, with contract renewal negotiations kicking off in the new year.

    Going into the final season of his three-year deal, the Bombers will start work on securing the services of the 49-year-old premiership coach before round one next season.

    “Xavier (Campbell) and I have already diarised early Feburary,” Worsfold told reporters on Friday.

    “It’s actually in my calendar to sit down and start to get around that stuff.”

    Worsfold led the Bombers from last to seventh this year and would like to extend his reign for as long as it takes to achieve premiership success.

    “My aim here is to be part of Essendon’s next premiership,” he said.

    “Hopefully that means we only need a one-year deal but if it takes longer we’ll put the work in and do that.”

    Boom off-season recruits Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad could be instrumental for the Bombers atoning for their 65-point elimination finals dismantling at the hands of Sydney.

    High-profile Western Bulldogs discard Stringer is working hard and could be set for a revised role this season, Worsfold revealed.

    “We know his unique attributes as a player and we’re seeing him on the training track already,” he said.

    “We’ve been really impressed with his work around the midfield stoppage work as well.”

    But Essendon’s increased squad depth will make picking its best 22 a difficult proposition and Stringer will have to earn his spot, Worsfold claimed.

    “I wouldn’t say anyone is a round-one lock,” he said.

    “I would expect that if he’s had a really solid preseason and doesn’t miss a beat that he would be in our best team.”

    On Friday, Essendon ditched naming sponsorship for its Tullamarine base, reverting to its colloquial title ‘The Hanger’.

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    • December 8th 2017 @ 1:13pm
      Harsh Truth Harry said | December 8th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

      Well done Woosha! Our next premiership coach! bring on flag number 17 where we stand alone as the most successful AFL football club in history!

      • December 8th 2017 @ 2:17pm
        Birdman said | December 8th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

        no VFL flags allowed.

        so it’s two AFL flags for the Dons, old mate – not bad but not the most successful – that honour goes to my mob

        • Roar Guru

          December 11th 2017 @ 1:36pm
          Redb said | December 11th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

          Nice try.

          Essendon has 16 flags. Check the AFL website.

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        December 8th 2017 @ 3:02pm
        Paul D said | December 8th 2017 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

        When did Essendon win 17 flags since 1990? I only remember two.

        Most successful VFL club. Along with Carlton.

        • December 8th 2017 @ 5:55pm
          Harsh Truth Harry said | December 8th 2017 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

          This isn’t fantasy footy gents it is reality and until the AFL advise that they are splitting VFL and AFL records then the book says the Bombers have 16. Give Gil a call and he will confirm it. You don’t write the rules people the AFL do.

          • Roar Guru

            December 9th 2017 @ 7:18pm
            Paul D said | December 9th 2017 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

            Essendon have won two flags in the competition known as the AFL. That is a statement of fact.

            • December 11th 2017 @ 12:17pm
              Harsh Truth Harry said | December 11th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

              Sorry gents but big Harry just called AFL House who confirmed the leading premiership winners in our current competition are Carlton and Essendon. Looks like Harry just scored a three pointer fellas!

              • December 13th 2017 @ 9:20am
                andyl12 said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

                VFL flags do count, but they’re not worth as much as AFL flags. Especially the ones that were won in an 8-team competition.

                Hawthorn are the greatest club of the AFL era, something Essendon (and others) should admit to if they want to have credibility. In fact, even if you start from 1915- 10 years before Hawthorn joined the comp- the Hawks have more VFL/AFL flags than anybody.

                Essendon should try to become relevant in the 21st century and stop relying on pre-WW1 achievements to prove their worth.

            • Roar Guru

              December 11th 2017 @ 3:48pm
              Redb said | December 11th 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

              wrong, the VFL expanded, it is a name change not a competition change.

              • Roar Guru

                December 13th 2017 @ 11:59am
                Paul D said | December 13th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

                Essendon have won two flags in the competition known as the AFL. You just agreed with me on that.

          • December 11th 2017 @ 9:06am
            Birdman said | December 11th 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

            HTH you must be so proud of all those flags in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s?

            Great memories, eh?…..

            • December 11th 2017 @ 12:22pm
              Harsh Truth Harry said | December 11th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

              That’s not the point Birdman. The point is looking at a section of any era can make your team look good. Hawthorn aren’t any better than Melbourne were back in the 50’s and 60’s champ. Why would you call your era better just because it happened more recently? That is a tripe argument.
              You can all pretend the competition started in 1990 but it’s absolutely a fallacy fellas, just words is all. But if it makes you blokes feel better than go for it, live in your fantasy world. I guess becasue you young blokes play Nintendo all day you think you can apply the same fantasy rules to our great competition but when you grow up you will see life and statistics don’t work that way blokes!

              • December 11th 2017 @ 3:00pm
                Birdman said | December 11th 2017 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

                Tripe? The Hawks ‘era’ is the last 60 years (13 flags with at least one in each decade) when the league has been at its most professional and competitive.

                The early VFL was a completely amateur proposition both from a playing and administrative perspective and accordingly isn’t worth tuppence in a bragging sense but suit yourself – after all Dons supporters have been known to be inclined to the odd delusion.

              • Roar Guru

                December 13th 2017 @ 12:14pm
                Cat said | December 13th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

                One only has to actually pay attention to the changes the competition has under gone to know why more modern eras are harder to build long term dominate teams in. Equalisation, salary cap, draft, expanded finals system to name a few of the ones with the biggest impact.
                It simply is not very impressive to suck up to rich board members and BUY flags in a much smaller and less professional competition.

              • December 13th 2017 @ 5:33pm
                Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

                Paul, Port Adelaide are in the SANFL prior to 1997 champ, better get up with the facts big fella! The SANFL is nothing more than a suburban leage, most suburban teams like Balwyn and Vermont would beat most of those SANFL clubs each year so no use claiming they keep their records before they even entered the AFL in 1997.

            • December 11th 2017 @ 5:40pm
              Harsh Truth Harry said | December 11th 2017 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

              soory Birdman your opinion of the old VFL isnt worth squat champ, the records are the records.

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                December 13th 2017 @ 12:58pm
                Paul D said | December 13th 2017 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

                Port Adelaide are a far more successful club than the Bombers, the records are the records.

      • December 13th 2017 @ 1:51pm
        Chris said | December 13th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

        Harry…Essendon will be the first Victorian club since Hawthorn to lose at the MCG with Woorsfold at the helm. The guy means well but he seems to lack a vital ingredient…Jack Dyer used to call it INTESTINAL FORTITUDE. GUTS to you guys out Moonee Ponds way…

    • December 8th 2017 @ 2:20pm
      Stephen said | December 8th 2017 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      He’s been good for Essendon Worsfold. He arrived during a difficult chapter in the clubs history. He has a very calm demeanour. And is an excellent judge of a player’s ability. He’s also the only coach of the 18 at present – with over 500 games experience as both a player and coach.

      There’s only a couple of areas that concern me with Worsfold’s coaching. Mick Malthouse no doubt blasted Woosha and many others during his coaching days at the WCE in the 1990;s. I suspect Worsfold vowed and declared – if he ever became a coach he would limit his busts of anger. But there is a time for a coach to be aggressive. And what Worsfold may not have responded well to 25 years ago – doesn’t make it irrelevant today. Worsfold is yet to give the Essendon playing group a blast from my understanding.

      Secondly, Essendon coaches seem to pay little respect for their opposition. I don’t understand this at all. This continual commentary around – ‘focussing on how we want to play’. Strikes me as a little small-minded.

    • December 8th 2017 @ 5:10pm
      Slane said | December 8th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

      ‘focussing on how we want to play’ Is how last years premiers managed to snag a flag. They could have brought more talls in to try to defend against the Crows abundance of big men but instead backed their own game-plan to win on the day.

      • December 9th 2017 @ 10:52pm
        Stephen said | December 9th 2017 @ 10:52pm | ! Report

        Agree Slane. The better teams seems to have a determination to follow the game plan suitable to their playing list. The best teams seem to additionally combine this determination with a respectful eye on their weekly opponent.

        It’s a difficult balance.

    • December 9th 2017 @ 5:02pm
      Aligee said | December 9th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

      Bit of a mild mannered accountant look, but underneath is a ruthless winner, wish Collingwood would get him, great South Freo product.

      • December 12th 2017 @ 3:29pm
        Peter the Scribe said | December 12th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

        The Bombers are going to be tough to play in 2018. Finals again, how far do they go is unknown but they will give some teams a belting in 2018.

        • December 13th 2017 @ 9:03am
          Birdman said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

          agreed, your lot might be one team that cops a Bomber blitz although Anzac Day doesn’t always go to script.

          • December 13th 2017 @ 9:45am
            Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

            Percentage booster for the Bombers against Buckley’s hapless cold pies.

        • December 13th 2017 @ 9:18am
          Reservoir Animal said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

          If they don’t win a final in 2018 then they’ll equal the longest no-finals-matches-won drought in the club’s history.

          And if they don’t win a flag in 2018 they’ll equal the longest no-flag-drought in the club’s history.

          Pretty pathetic for a club that in 2001 announced themselves as the AFL’s Manchester United.

          • December 13th 2017 @ 9:44am
            Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

            Here’s a newsflash Reservoir Animal, unless you have the unfortunate luck to be following the once proud and now wooden spoon accumulating Blues, then my club has more flags than yours. We would have won finals past few years but were being harassed by the AFL with zero evidence. We simply pick up where we left off and win more flags, that’s why we exist, not just to make up the numbers like Carlton, Fremantle, Suns, North and Brisbane. I have to tell you it feels mighty fine to support the best side in the competitions history. Join up and become a Bomber and you too can feel such joy.

            • Roar Guru

              December 13th 2017 @ 10:07am
              Cat said | December 13th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

              You illegally juice your players that is what happens.

              • December 13th 2017 @ 10:14am
                Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                never proven Cat and by the way we have way more flags than your lot who went 44 years without a flag. Cats to miss finals in 2018 as they head South and Rodney “all about me” Dangerfield won;t stop that happening.

              • December 13th 2017 @ 11:05am
                Reservoir Animal said | December 13th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

                “never proven”

                Yes it was. The highest court in the world found you guilty. You can either accept their verdict or you can carry on whinging like Pauline Hanson or Donald Trump.

              • Roar Guru

                December 13th 2017 @ 11:24am
                Col from Brissie said | December 13th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

                And the President in a letter of apology to players described the supplements program as a mistake of the highest magnitude and was sorry that the club could not inform the players of everything that was pumped into their bodies.

                We were told by Hird and Dank that everything was legal and would be revealed. We are still waiting.

                The most disgraceful period in Australian Rules Football history and nothing you say HTH will change that.

            • December 13th 2017 @ 11:04am
              Reservoir Animal said | December 13th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

              “We would have won finals past few years but were being harassed by the AFL with zero evidence”

              Only a hopelessly biased (and brainless) Essendon supporter would say that.

              “We simply pick up where we left off and win more flags, that’s why we exist, not just to make up the number”

              Yet all you were doing prior to the peptides scandal was making up the numbers. Name a leaner era for Essendon than 2001-2017.

              • Roar Guru

                December 13th 2017 @ 2:17pm
                Paul D said | December 13th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

                Well said – the fact Essendon were desperate enough to contemplate a dodgy and illegal supplements program in the hope of getting a flag is a clear indicator they were very aware they’d just been making up the numbers for some time

              • December 13th 2017 @ 3:14pm
                Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

                who do you follow Reservoir? there’s a spot with the biggest and best for you son if you want to join up? I’ll even pay half your membership! deal?

              • December 13th 2017 @ 3:15pm
                Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

                Our great club makes no apologies for winning flags son, we don’t just sit around like the old Blues champ! Big H welcomes you to our club!

              • December 13th 2017 @ 3:26pm
                Reservoir Animal said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

                “I’ll even pay half your membership!”

                Is that really how desperate you are to see your club increase its membership tally?

              • December 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm
                Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

                well you won’t say who you follow so I reckon you need a club champ! Come on board for the flag in 2018!

              • December 14th 2017 @ 8:32am
                Reservoir Animal said | December 14th 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

                “well you won’t say who you follow”

                Does it matter who I follow, when you’ve already decided that none of the other 17 clubs’ supporters have any credibility?

            • December 13th 2017 @ 12:05pm
              Birdman said | December 13th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

              another breakout of koolaid-induced hubris.

              • December 13th 2017 @ 2:34pm
                Chris said | December 13th 2017 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

                I find your petty tribalism quite pathetic. This comes from a mad Magpie, too! There will always be a Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond, Melbourne and Hawthorn.The rest are passers-by. Cats, Kangas, Saints, Doggies etc. siimply don’t rate regardless of all the AFL propaganda that tries to push them forward as futuristic options and hopefuls. The big six are there for all to admire, respect and take note of. Please just learn to give your opponents their dues even if you can’t stand them. Guys grow up!!!!

              • December 13th 2017 @ 3:48pm
                Mattyb said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

                Chris,why have you not included Geelong in your tribally chosen group of VFL clubs. The rural support for the Cats,even outside the Geelong area is enormous simply because their a country club,I’m not sure this can be overlooked when your trying to have a tribal conversation.
                Why have you included Melbourne? They havnt been a powerhouse club for over 50 years and almost merged only recently.
                Hawthorn have certainly been the most powerful AFL club but how will they go with a lack of success over a sustained period? Their last poor period saw them also nearly forced to merge.
                Carlton are already facing financial troubles due to an ever dwindling membership. How much longer will those who still follow the club remain to do so if they remain so insignificant in a national competition?
                I agree with your VFL tribal assessment that the saints,dogs and north face enormous challenges moving forward but totally disagree with you assessment of the footballing landscape moving forward. It just seems a little ancient and lost in the VFL era.

              • Roar Guru

                December 13th 2017 @ 5:00pm
                Paul D said | December 13th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

                Any list of the biggest clubs in AFL that doesn’t include the West Coast Eagles is a list not worth making

              • December 13th 2017 @ 6:20pm
                BigAl said | December 13th 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

                They’d have to top the GF Chokers list,,,

              • December 21st 2017 @ 8:31pm
                Aligee said | December 21st 2017 @ 8:31pm | ! Report

                Petty tribalism is what makes the game of Australian football so popular, it is also what led to Essendon to being hung drawn and quartered for when no real proof was offered up in the supplements saga, in fact is was constant lies.

                One of the most relevant points to draw from that saga is the name Romano Subiatto QC, soccer fans may recognise his name, he is one of the Judges who found Mohamed bin Hammam who is a Qatari and ex President of the Asian Football Confederation NOT GUILTY of BRIBERY to win Qatar the 2022 WC with copious and overflowing amounts of proof, but yet managed to find Essendon players guilty with next to no proof.

                What a F$%^&*g joke

              • December 21st 2017 @ 10:56pm
                Aligee said | December 21st 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

                No its not Romano from Subiaco, its Romano Subiotto QC, bit of a spelling mistake there.

                He is a UK educated resident.

    • December 13th 2017 @ 3:32pm
      Jon boy said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

      Port -Bombers GF 2018 pleasant change. Watts and Motlop have had issues in past but will put it together and along with the class of Rocky the ball magnet will win a lot of games and finish top four…..Can they beat the Bombers at MCG on the big day ? I know what Harry will say.

      • December 13th 2017 @ 5:34pm
        Harsh Truth Harry said | December 13th 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

        Motlop will flourish now he is free of the stifling coaching of Chris Scott, pribably win the Brownlow. definitely a Port v Essendon GF in 2018 Jon Boy. The Big H says get your money on that one!

    • December 13th 2017 @ 3:55pm
      Jon boy said | December 13th 2017 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

      Woosha the great South Freo -Eagles man . Long range Tip ! Will return to his hometown 2020-21 and coach Freo to their first Flag …….First and only one to coach West Aussie teams to a flag…….

      • December 13th 2017 @ 9:48pm
        Chris said | December 13th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

        Mattyb I think you are being blinded by the recent succes of the Cats and overestimate their value to the AFL: I can see them being in the wilderness for some time once the current bunch of stagers have run their race. In fact, most of them are on their last legs. Where will the next crop come from and how long will it take for this to materialise? As for Melbourne, you cannot ignore the history or the facts. A great team is a great team and sooner or later they will rise like a Phoenix. The jokes poked at Richmond for the last decade by supporters of all backgrounds were stupid insipíd and smacked of ignorance. i am a true Maggie and avoid disparaging remarks against any of the big six because inevitably you end up with egg all over your face. I acknowledge the fact that Geelong have inflicted defeats on us but they are not in the orthers league.

        • December 14th 2017 @ 8:01am
          Harsh Truth Harry said | December 14th 2017 @ 8:01am | ! Report

          I agree with you regarding Geelong Chris, in fact I tipped them to miss the eight in 2018 and then a decade in the bottom. They have perhaps the worst list of young players in the comp. Also dont forget Rodney Dangerfield carried a baby through the banner before that crucial final against Richmond instead of concentrating on the game with his teammates, without a doubt THE most selfish act I have ever seen before an AFL final, no surprise they got smacked. Woosha would not have let that happen if he was their coach.

          • December 14th 2017 @ 9:27am
            Birdman said | December 14th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

            hmmm….I don’t know about that – Woosha seems a bit of a SNAG to me.

            Talking of smackings, do you have a (sensible) theory as to why the Dons didn’t turn up in the EF?

            • December 14th 2017 @ 10:13am
              Harsh Truth Harry said | December 14th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

              Birdman after what our great club went through, to make a final was absolutely unbelievable. Talk about coach of the year it has to be Woosha. Horse Longmire only trains the Swans to win at their poky weird ground thats why they get found out on the G just like the Cats. Woosha had to blend the old and the new, the returning players and find a blend for success. One final in 2017, flag in 2018.

              • December 14th 2017 @ 11:10am
                Reservoir Animal said | December 14th 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

                But all Essendon have done since 2004 is lose the finals they make. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017. 2013 would’ve done nothing but add to that list had they been allowed to compete.

              • December 14th 2017 @ 11:21am
                Birdman said | December 14th 2017 @ 11:21am | ! Report

                sorry but Woosha as COTY? – ridiculous call – Hardwick by a street

            • December 14th 2017 @ 1:16pm
              Harsh Truth Harry said | December 14th 2017 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

              Dimma did good Bird but Woosha right up there with what he had to pull together mate. Your bloke Clarko has fallen off the pace and back to the pack now chasing and following like everyone else.

              Big Harry’s coach ratings for 2017

              A+ – Dimma, Woosha
              A – none
              B+ Hinkcley, Goodwin, Fagan
              C – Pyke (shocking GF performance dropped him back), Longmire, Chris Scott, Cameron.
              D- (fail) Clarkson, Simpson, Bevo, Richardson
              E- Lyon, Buckley, Brad Scott
              F- Bolton, Eade

              • December 14th 2017 @ 2:49pm
                Jon boy said | December 14th 2017 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

                Harry -Top call on the coaches….Have fun up there ,watch out for the mermaids……

              • December 14th 2017 @ 2:52pm
                Birdman said | December 14th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

                yeah yeah nah. Clarko reinvented his team and game plan in half a season to come storming home – he remains the best coach of the modern AFL era.

                BTW you’re being pretty generous giving Goodwin a B+. Missing finals was harder than making them so he gets a C from me.

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                December 14th 2017 @ 3:03pm
                Cat said | December 14th 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

                Dimma is such a great coach he accomplished nothing until Richmond brought in a plethora of people to do his job for him. Nothing more than a figurehead.

        • December 14th 2017 @ 9:32am
          Mattyb said | December 14th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

          Fair enough Chris,I agree Geelong will at some point fall,I just still think they will have a use in the modern league due to geography.
          I do totally agree with you regarding Richmond which is why I didn’t question their value to the league. I think the growth of the league can only sustain a maximum of 6 VFL clubs so when someone mentions 6 I’m always interested to how they reached that conclusion of who that 6 are. Collingwood and Richmond I’d agree are certainly big clubs worthy of a spot in a truly national competition,along with Geelong and Essendon for mine.

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