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Eagles cut Harris from coaching staff

By Justin Chadwick 28/07/2008 08:25:58 PM Comments (0)

Just days after expressing interest in continuing on with West Coast next season, assistant coach Darren Harris has been told his services will not be required beyond 2008.

Last Friday, Harris revealed he had held talks with coach John Worsfold about how he may fit into the club's re-vamped coaching structure, which will include Brisbane great Michael Voss, next year.

"I've talked to John about my strengths and where I see I can have influence at the footy club and I've presented that so it will be a matter of how that fits into the structure," Harris said at the time.

But after a second round of talks with Worsfold, the decision was made to end Harris' three-year association with the club.

"John and I have come to a mutual agreement that I won't be renewing my contract in 2009," Harris said in a statement.

"I will continue until the end of the season with a key focus on growing the squad and maintaining the highest professional standards.

"I am currently exploring options in both the business and football world that could see me return to Victoria."

Fellow assistant Tony Micale could be next on the chopping block but Peter Sumich's position at the club is safe.

West Coast have spoken to former Melbourne coach Neale Daniher about taking up a position at the club next season, most likely that of football manager, but the Eagles are yet to receive a definitive answer one way or the other.

Harris joined the club as a forward coach in 2006 after coaching West Perth Falcons in the WAFL from 2002-05.

He guided the Falcons, whom he won a flag with as a player in 1995, to premiership glory in 2003.

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