Laidley to Freo?
Time is running out for Fremantle to add highly regarded former North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley to their coaching staff under Mark Harvey.
The Dockers are expected to significantly speed up their selection process for a new assistant-coach in the next few days.
Dockers football management is expected to head to Melbourne for discussions with possible assistant coaching candidates this weekend.
Laidley has been linked with a possible move to Fremantle with his high powered manager Ricky Nixon confirming an initial approach from Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich.
Nixon revealed that Rosich had made preliminary inquiries on Laidley’s plans for his coaching future.
But, Laidley, 43, says he has not been approached by Fremantle at all.
“That is all news to me,” he told sportsnewsfirst.com.au exclusively.
“I’ve heard and read all of what is being said about me speaking with Fremantle about a position there, but I honestly have had no contact with them.”
Laidley resigned as North coach late into season 2009 and has been linked with a possible move back to his home state as defensive coach replacement for Chris Scott, who is the new boss of power club Geelong.
Laidley and Geelong assistant Brenton Sanderson have been expected to be on Fremantle’s coaching search agenda.
Sanderson, who is still contracted to Geelong for next season but has not declared his intentions to stay or leave, is back from holidays this weekend and could meet with Rosich while the Dockers boss is in Melbourne.
Sanderson was overlooked for Geelong’s senior appointment after he had been roundly considered a front-runner after his four impressive years as the Cats defensive coach as the club won two premierships in 2007 and again last season.
“I can categorically say that I have had no contact whatsoever with Fremantle,” Laidley said.
Laidley says any prospect of crossing to Fremantle would have to transpire swiftly.
The North Melbourne 1996 premiership defender and Kangaroos coach of 152 games between 2003 and last season revealed he is on the verge of actually stepping away from football.
“I have a few things on the go and within, I’d say a week or so, I will have made a commitment for my future,” Laidley said.
Laidley interviewed at Essendon for the vacant senior coaching position before the Bombers stunned footy circles with their coup in attracting club legend James Hird back to the club as coach.
Laidley, who played 151 AFL games with 52 at West Coast between 1987-92 and 99 with the Roos (1993-97) disclosed that he could enter the financial business industry.
He is also still considering his professional career enhancement while still retaining a football consultancy role with Port Adelaide where he was a specialist tactical advisor this year to Mark Williams and then Matthew Primus.
“Obviously I’ve got other options available to me and within a week I want to have everything sorted out for my own sake and my family’s,” Laidley disclosed.
“I want to develop myself professionally and long term, I’m not sure if that involves football.
“But it is fair to say, that I am about to act on what options I do have and any new developments would have to happen very quickly for me in that process.”