By SportsNewsFirst

West Coast coach John Worsfold has thrown former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey a stunning lifeline, declaring an interest in hiring the dumped Dockers man.

Harvey was unceremoniously axed as the coach of the Dockers last month – after failing to take the side to a 2011 finals appearance – and was swiftly replaced by former St Kilda coach Ross Lyon.

Worsfold watched good mate and long-time assistant coach Peter Sumich defect to the Dockers last week.

And the 2011 Coach of the Year said while he hadn’t had any discussions with Harvey, the club would certainly be looking into a possible deal.

“I haven’t spoken to Mark, because I’ve been away and I got back on Thursday night, but that’s something that we now have to seriously look at – who’s available,” Worsfold told Perth radio Mix 94.5’s Dead-Set Legends show on Saturday morning.

“Mark – as far as I know – is still available and I don’t know if he’s keen to step back in to an assistant coaching role.

“But we’ll certainly do some investigation around that.”

Harvey famously fled the spotlight the day of his controversial dismissal, going on a planned holiday with his wife to the Kimberley in northern WA.

He has since declared he wants to take a break from the hectic football lifestyle and focus instead on some of his “business interests”.

Speculation raged that the former Essendon playing champion and Bombers assistant has been pondering a return to his native state of Victoria, but other reports suggest the Harvey family is hesitant to leave Perth.

A move to former fierce rivals West Coast for Harvey would see a stunning near-straight swap of coaching staff, with Eagles veteran Sumich now wearing the purple.

Worsfold said he completely understood his good friend Sumich’s decision to leave the club, saying he was straight-forward about the move.

“He rang me – and I was actually on holidays on the Gold Coast,” Worsfold said.

“Suma just told me up front what he had decided and pretty much told me why he thought that the timing was right for him.

“I fully understand where he’s coming from and I think it’s great for Suma, I’m sure it will be great for Fremantle and they’ll move on.

“We’ll look to find someone wonderful to step into his shoes.”

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