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Burns learns from near miss with Crows

Justin Chadwick 22/09/2011 04:06:27 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold is confident his AFL assistant Scott Burns will be well placed to earn a senior role in the future despite missing out on the top job at Adelaide.

Burns was a hot favourite to take over at the Crows, but was pipped at the post by Geelong assistant Brenton Sanderson, who was appointed to a three-year deal on Monday.

The Eagles have since moved quickly to re-sign Burns for a further two years, and Worsfold said the former Collingwood skipper would be in a better position to secure a head coaching role when the next opportunity arose.

"(It was) extremely valuable for him to go through the process," Worsfold said.

"Unfortunately he probably couldn't put as much time and effort into the process as (he could have done) if we weren't in the finals.

"And that's a credit to him to say, 'I've only got so much time because I'm really committed to the West Coast program'.

"He made that clear to Adelaide where he was at. They would have had to take that into account. I think he would have had a very fair hearing.

"He's learned things from it that he knows he now needs to focus on in working to round himself out as a potential senior coach."

West Coast skipper Darren Glass said the Crows' decision not to appoint Burns was a plus for the Eagles.

"Burnsy's a quality coach. Adelaide not snapping him up is a pretty good result for us I reckon," Glass said.

But while Burns has signed a two-year extension at the Eagles, Worsfold's right-hand man Peter Sumich is pondering whether to throw his hat into the ring for the St Kilda top job.

Sumich is in his 11th year as an assistant at the Eagles but said he would seriously consider whether the Saints role would be a good fit for him.

"I am thinking about that one - I will weigh it up," Sumich told radio station 3AW.

"I have kept very quiet of late weighing up my options, because I am not going to jump into every job going around.

"I want to make sure it is the right one, and the club think I am the right person - so I might have a chat to St Kilda. I might weigh that up."

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