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Worsfold happy to wait on AFL contract

By Justin Chadwick 25/05/2011 05:53:24 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold would love nothing more than to guide West Coast to their next AFL premiership but insists he's in no rush to nut out a new deal with the club.

Worsfold is out of contract at the end of the year, and Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett has declared the club will wait until after the season before discussing the prospect of a contract extension for the 2006 premiership coach.

But those comments were made a little over two weeks ago, before West Coast followed up an impressive win over Fremantle with a crushing 123-point triumph over the Western Bulldogs.

The Eagles (5-3) are just two points adrift of fourth spot and are fast becoming one of the most feared teams in the competition.

But Worsfold said on Wednesday he was content to wait until the end of the year before discussing his contract situation with the club.

"I'm more than comfortable with the club's position and my position," Worsfold said ahead of Sunday's blockbuster clash with Collingwood at the MCG.

"It was mutual that 'let's get through the season before we make any decision about what's the best way forward for the team and the club'.

"I would love to see this group win a premiership. I would be very proud of them winning a premiership and I'd love to be part of that.

"But all that will be (decided) at the end of the season when you actually can have a clear head and sit down and think about it."

Should the Eagles continue to play anywhere close to their current form, Worsfold is almost certain to earn a contract extension if he chooses to continue coaching beyond this year.

And with his fledgling group showing so much promise, it was hard to see Worsfold walking away despite the heat he copped during last year's wooden spoon campaign.

"It's a good job that I do," said Worsfold, who had coached the Eagles since 2002.

"To be given the opportunity to coach the Eagles has been great. I've loved it. I still love it.

"Even last year through the challenging times, you've still got to love what you do."

Worsfold revealed that even those closest to him had been surprised by the extent of West Coast's improvement.

"I've had some great backhanded compliments throughout the year, where even my close family would say 'we were really shocked you won that game'," Worsfold said.

"Is that a compliment or another sly remark?"

Despite West Coast's stunning form this season, Worsfold felt his side were yet to prove themselves against the best sides in the competition.

"We haven't played Collingwood, Geelong or Carlton yet, those teams that are in great form, and we've been beaten by Essendon, Hawthorn and Sydney, who are around our mark," Worsfold said.

"There's six challenges that we haven't met or succeeded against yet.

"We're probably about where I was hoping we would be with some big tests to come."

West Coast were pumped by 83 and 100 points in their last two meetings against Collingwood in Melbourne.

But Worsfold said his rejuvenated side were squarely focused on victory this weekend, saying a brave loss wouldn't be viewed as a success.

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