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Worsfold 'comfortable' with Eagles offer

By Justin Chadwick 19/06/2009 06:58:46 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold has described the contract extension put to him by the Eagles as "extremely fair" but will nut out the finer details of the deal before putting pen to paper.

Worsfold, out of contract at season's end, was officially tabled a new offer on Thursday after meeting with chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

Worsfold and club officials wouldn't reveal the length of the contract, although Worsfold said it was a deal he was "very comfortable" with.

"It's all extremely fair, as you'd expect," Worsfold told the AFL website on Friday.

"The club's always been great to deal with.

"I'm very comfortable (with the offer). If it was one year or five years, I'd be comfortable providing I felt as though the understanding of what we're aiming to achieve in the period of the contract is clear for both parties.

"I'm rapt to get the opportunity to build this group.

"It's just a matter of me getting clear and getting back to the club now and then talking through it with them.

"That often takes a few days ... there'll be a weekend in between.

"There is urgency, but there's no rush to force the issue."

While the coaching merry-go-round will build momentum over the coming weeks following the retirement of Terry Wallace from Richmond and Dean Laidley from North Melbourne, Worsfold is certain to stay at West Coast.

Worsfold is confident the current crop at his disposal, led by a host of talented youngsters, could push for a top-eight spot next year and challenge for a premiership within the next three years.

But Worsfold has had plenty of doubters following the Eagles' 3-9 start to the year, with former Carlton coach Robert Walls one of the more vocal critics.

Star West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr said the player group backed Worsfold to the hilt.

"The players definitely play for Woosh," Kerr told Perth radio station 6PR.

"He's an inspirational coach and if you look at how he has led our football team, I don't know how any player wouldn't be playing for him."

Worsfold, who captained the Eagles to premierships in 1992 and 1994 during a glittering 209-game career, took over as coach from Ken Judge in 2002.

He led the club to finals football in each of his first six seasons, including their grand final triumph in 2006, and has an overall winning record of 54.5 per cent (97 wins, 79 losses, two draws).

But the axing of Ben Cousins at the end of 2007 and the loss of skipper Chris Judd to Carlton led to a dramatic slide, with the Eagles managing a franchise-low four wins last season on the way to a disastrous 15th-place finish.

The Eagles have shown signs of improvement this year but on several occasions Worsfold has been forced to assure fans the club was on the right track.

"It's going to take patience from people to understand where the club's going," Worsfold said last month.

"If they want to have a side that might finish ninth or 10th for five years in a row, we could manufacture that.

"But if they want a team that can potentially win a premiership within five or six years of their previous premiership, that's what we're aiming for.

"We've got a strong focus on that and we are prepared to wear some pain heading towards that."

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