How loyalties will be tested as the race for coaches heats up

Four-time Prime Minister Hawk Luke Hodge is intrigued by the posturing and maneuvering he believes will follow Leon Cameron’s departure from GWS.

speaking on SEN’s pivotal moment Hodge said he believes a coaching carousel will take place this year following Cameron’s resignation, similar to the circumstances around Nathan Buckley in 2021.

“What interests me now is what will happen?” he said.

“(Alastair Clarkson) sitting there available, what are the other clubs going to do?

“Last year, Collingwood forced Hawthorn’s hand. As soon as Buckley pulled out, they said ‘we’re going after (Sam) Mitchell’.

Double medalist Norm Smith says loyalty will be tested over the rest of the season as clubs will have to choose whether they value stability over the chance to land a legendary manager.

“The next month to six weeks is going to be so important in the AFL,” he explained.

“Who’s going to be stable and stay with their coach and who’s going to say, ‘wait, if we don’t part ways, are we going to miss the best coach of the last 20 years.’

“A lot is going to happen.”

Leon Cameron will leave the Giants after nine years and 179 games at the club where he took them to a Grand Final in 2019.

Clubs like North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast have been linked with potential coaching moves this season and are said to be watching Alastair Clarkson’s moves closely.

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