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Worsfold keen to extend stay at Eagles

By Justin Chadwick 06/03/2009 07:05:24 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold, whose current contract expires at the end of the season, says he's happy at the Eagles and wants to extend his tenure at the AFL club.

Worsfold, who guided West Coast to the 2006 premiership after taking the reins at the end of '01, will meet with Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett mid-season to discuss the possibility of a contract extension.

The pressure is on Worsfold to produce results after last year's disastrous campaign, when the Eagles managed a franchise-low four wins and their average losing margin was 53 points.

But Worsfold said he was relishing the challenge of rebuilding the side, confident his current crop of players would again be premiership contenders in the not-too-distant future.

"I love coaching this club and that's what I really enjoy doing," Worsfold told AAP.

"I'm confident that the club will talk to me mid-year and sort out the potential to go forward for another couple of years, yeah that would be great.

"I would love to see an Eagles premiership side with Darren Glass up there as captain, and if I could be on the other side of the cup that would be great, but if it was someone else I would still be rapt for what the group has produced.

"I believe the makings are there within the squad right now (to achieve future success).

"That might only take two years, it might take six years because that's the nature of the industry.

"You get to the point where you're maybe ready to win a premiership but the cards might not fall in place for two or three years.

"I think we've got the squad here that can work together to be a really strong force in the competition for the next few years.

"It (being a head coach) is challenging, there's no doubt about that, it's intense ... but I love doing it.

"I've got great support around the football club and through my family, that's the key thing.

"All the hard work and challenges is what makes the reward so great.

"Last year was disappointing but challenging.

"You can't think that you are going to be premiers every year in this industry so you have to be prepared that there's going to be disappointing things that happen.

"As long as you do your best with the things you can control, I think you should be on target."

Worsfold captained the Eagles to premierships in 1992 and '94 during his sparkling 209-game career.

He spent a year out of the game after hanging up the boots in 1998 but made the transition into coaching as an assistant to David Parkin at Carlton in 2000, before landing the senior job at West Coast at the end of '01.

"I went to Carlton hoping I could have an impact over three seasons with them and hoping I might have got an extra contract and had maybe six years there," Worsfold reminisced.

"Taking into account that was my goal when I left Perth, it (my coaching career) has flown by.

"Eight years here coaching - I thought I might have only just been starting to look for a senior job now."

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