Woosha: We want to be flag favourites
Essendon coach John Worsfold says the club wants to become the AFL’s flag favourite, declaring he is not content with simply ending the club’s finals drought.
The Bombers last won a final in 2004, when Worsfold was in his third season as West Coast coach.
Worsfold said on Saturday after his side’s victory over Sydney that the Bombers needed to become an “awesome team that can challenge the whole competition”.
On Monday, he added: “In terms of being premiership favourites, we are a fair way off that. We’re not touted as that team yet,” he said on AFL 360.
“That’s what you would like to get to. Whether it’s before the season starts based on the depth of your squad, the age of your squad, the experience in it the way you have been performing, usually over a year or two.
“You get rated as one of the real fancies for a premiership. We’re not there yet. We have got to work towards getting that and that’s our big focus.
“I understand it’s been a long time since Essendon have won a final and there’s a lot of frustration. I don’t want to just satisfy people on that and say ‘job’s done’.”
Ninth-placed Essendon takes on 10th-placed North Melbourne this weekend in a game certain to shape the finals prospects of both clubs.