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Blues to offer Ratten two-year AFL deal

20/09/2011 10:21:19 PM Comments (0)

Carlton will offer coach Brett Ratten a new two-year AFL contract in the wake of their improved season.

The Blues' season ended on Saturday night when they suffered a heartbreaking three-point loss to West Coast in their semi-final.

But they thrashed Essendon the week prior, the first time they had won an elimination final in three consecutive attempts.

It was also their first finals win since 2001 and meant they finished in fifth spot.

The Carlton hierarchy decided on the new contract offer at a Tuesday night board meeting.

"Prior to the season the club and Brett agreed that a decision on his future would not be made until Carlton's season was completed and tonight's scheduled meeting came just days after our semi-final loss," president Stephen Kernahan said in a statement.

"We have continued to provide feedback to Brett throughout the season and tonight's decision will enable the club to finalise discussions with Brett and his manager to formally reappoint Brett as the senior coach."

Ratten, a former Blues captain, has coached the club since 2007.

Given he was out of contract at the end of this season, Ratten was under intense pressure to give the Blues a finals win.

Ratten said soon after the Eagles loss that he was "extremely confident" of securing a contract extension.

It has been a particularly busy week for AFL senior coaches.

Last Thursday night, Fremantle ruthlessly sacked Mark Harvey and poached Ross Lyon from St Kilda to replace him.

Mark Neeld took over as Melbourne coach on Saturday.

On Monday, the Western Bulldogs appointed Brendan McCartney and Adelaide named Brenton Sanderson.

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