John Worsfold


You’re a tool mate. With no clue


You’r a hypocrite.


2 year extenstion seems right will take him to 5 years.


I’m glad we finally did this, because the media speculation was threatening to derail the season. Maybe even derail the world.


As the article mentions 2018 will be John’s real first season in charge without the distractions of the saga.


Yep, this is now his list and his chance. No excuses can be used and no blame can be directed elsewhere.


And all those rival clubs lining up for him will need to look elsewhere


Bombers coach in no hurry to sign extension
Callum Twomey
Feb 14, 2018 12:37PM

Coach John Worsfold (right) is keen on seeing Dyson Heppell become a premiership captain. Picture: Getty Images

On one hand, it would be nice to go and meet with Xavier today and knock it all over and get it done, but I’ve got a few other meetings so Xavier’s on the backburner at the moment. I can’t see any sticking points in terms of going forward.

JOHN Worsfold is in no rush to sign a contract extension at Essendon, but wants to coach the club for the long-term as he eyes the Bombers’ next premiership.

The West Coast premiership captain and coach’s three-year deal with the Bombers expires at the end of this season, with talks set to ramp up in coming weeks to extend his stay beyond 2018.

Worsfold has already met with the club to outline the contract situation, with discussions to continue now that Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell has returned from a trip to America.

“It [the contract] is a priority, but it’s not the pressing priority. The priority at the moment is these next three weeks and getting ready for the season to start. It’ll take care of itself, but honestly I haven’t given it any thought at the moment other than we are going to sit down and start to talk about what it looks like,” he told

"I don’t have anything booked in with Xavier at the moment to say, ‘Let’s catch up and really get it rolling’. We met with (football manager) Dan Richardson and Xavier before Xavier went away to say, ‘Here’s the process’. We’re all pretty relaxed about it so it’s not going to become a pressing issue I don’t think.

“On one hand, it would be nice to go and meet with Xavier today and knock it all over and get it done, but I’ve got a few other meetings so Xavier’s on the backburner at the moment. I can’t see any sticking points in terms of going forward.”

Worsfold was appointed Essendon’s coach after James Hird departed the club at the end of 2015.

He steered Essendon through its disastrous 2016 when it finished on the bottom of the ladder after the season-long doping bans to 34 of its past and present players, before guiding them back into the finals last year.

The 49-year-old coached the Eagles from 2002-2013, including their 2006 premiership, and said he also sees himself in charge of the Bombers for a long period of time.

“I do, absolutely. When I took the job I was thinking I could easily live in Melbourne for the next 10 years comfortably,” he said.

"I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of the past two years, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone working together to get Essendon in a position to achieve its ultimate vision which on-field is around winning premierships.

"But the club vision is a lot bigger than that, and I think the way our membership is growing, our community programs are growing, our VFL women’s team – that’s all really exciting. But the core of my role – coaching the senior men’s team – is about winning a premiership.

“I think we’re on the pathway that most people can see is one of improvement and enough improvement within our list to say we can win a flag with this group we’ve got. There’ll be subtle changes year on year, but we’ve got a group that can become a premiership-winning group. If I can see Dyson Heppell as premiership captain of the Essendon Football Club, I’d be pretty happy with that.”

Worsfold’s family has moved back to Perth but he said that wouldn’t have any impact on the length of his stay at Essendon.

"We’ve talked about it and obviously came to a decision mid last year that for us as a family that was the best thing going forward," he said.

“We’re very clear what it looks like, how it’s going to work and so far, so good. I’m surviving. There’s a lot of travel involved in the AFL industry so we’re pretty focused on this being really good for us. I’m comfortable with that, so I don’t think it’s going to hold me back at all.”


Some personal revelations in that article which might impact Wooshas incumbency.


Not ideal.

Not unmanageable… but certainly not ideal.


Doubt the family of an afl coach would see them much anyway. That’s not being flippant, either. Though you do have to wonder if his family would have been more comfortable in Adelaide - given it is generally accepted he was offers that position.

(And other random thoughts.)


Please bring it John. :slight_smile:


Herald Sun reporting Worsfold is about to sign an extension, any news?




You couldn’t be bothered reading the post that is 4 above yours?


Obviously didn’t see it, cheers for the sarcasm.


9 posts above that I posted the actual Herald Sun article in question


Woosha raises the bar
Callum Twomey, AFL Media February 19, 2018

In 2016, John Worsfold’s first year at Essendon, there were no expectations on the Bombers. That’s what happens when most of your best and experienced players are suspended for the season.

Last year, with key players back and a young group of promising players forming, Essendon did its best to temper expectations. Internally a goal was set to win as many games for the season as they lost.

The Bombers did their best as a club not to get too carried away with having the band back together, regularly reminding fans it would take time for them to gel.

This year, things are noticeably different. Rather than shying away from big plans and hopes, the Bombers are embracing them.

They will go into the season having not won a final since 2004 – the longest drought of any club in the competition – and Worsfold knows what will make 2018 a successful year for the club.

“Definitely playing finals, and winning,” he told this week. "It’s been way too long since Essendon won a final. The key focus is, if we make the finals, let’s have a crack at going all the way.

“But we have to show improvement on last year, which was making the finals and getting in there in seventh spot and not winning.”

The reasons for the optimism are obvious. Essendon made strong in-roads last season and it was built around a group of emerging stars.

The Bombers have perhaps the best young key forward (potentially the best young player) in Joe Daniher, one of the game’s elite midfielders in Zach Merrett, last season’s NAB AFL Rising Star winner Andrew McGrath and a core group that, as Worsfold says, “won’t be retiring in the next five years”.

Jobe Watson and James Kelly were their most significant off-season departures, but the Bombers will deploy Brendon Goddard more in defence to fill Kelly’s spot and, by the end, Watson was ready to hand the reins over to the next generation of Essendon midfielders.

And then there’s the off-season recruiting spree, which saw the club – for its first real tilt at trading in more than a decade – bring in three ready-to-go players (Jake Stringer, Adam Saad and Devon Smith) without losing any of its own. So, with all that in mind, does Worsfold think the Bombers are legitimate challengers?

“I would like to think if you asked that of opposition teams this year, I would hope we’re one of the teams [they’re saying] that are going to challenge,” he said.

“What are they judging that on? I would say last year’s performances, and the fact our squad is growing – both in maturity and age – because our high-end talent is still relatively young. And with our trade period as well.”

The new faces won’t be the only way Worsfold hopes Essendon looks a little different this season. The Bombers were brilliant at stages in 2017, and averaged 95 points a game. Finally, they found a way to score (they reached 100 or more points in 11 games; they had done it only 10 times combined in the previous three seasons).

But they also leaked goals, conceding on average 92 points. In contrast, premiers Richmond gave up on average 74 points. Worsfold is confident some positional tweaks and set-up changes will help cut that back without compromising their own scoring power.

“You’re looking to try to reduce your scores by maybe a goal and a half a game,” he said.

The midfield will also have a different feel, with Watson – or as Worsfold described him, their “big rock” – gone. He won’t be replaced by one Bomber but by many.

They want to use small forwards Orazio Fantasia and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti more in the middle, Darcy Parish will have an increased presence after playing at half-forward a lot of last year, while they are hoping Kyle Langford can make a midfield spot his own.

McGrath will primarily be a midfielder but not purely –“He potentially will still go back at times,” Worsfold said – and Stringer and Smith will go through there too.

All eyes will be on Stringer, who has kept a low profile since crossing from the Bulldogs. But Worsfold has been quick to not expect too much from the match-winning premiership player.

“There may be games this year where we don’t expect Jake to be individually brilliant, but to play a real team role for us. That is an expectation thing for the crowd. If the crowd want Jake to be one-out in the goalsquare and be the focal point, they’ve got to be prepared to give up Joe Daniher doing that or Cale Hooker doing that,” he said.

“It’s not all about Jake, and it’s not all about saying unless Jake Stringer is an All Australian this year, we’re going to be a successful team.”

The acquisition of the three trade targets said plenty about Essendon’s lofty intentions this season. But it also highlighted a change in philosophy at the club, which has been renowned around the competition for its reluctance to trade.

“We felt there was some really big benefits to build our list via the trade as opposed to just trying to rely on drafting,” said Worsfold, who is into the third and final year of his contract with the club but soon to ramp up discussions for an extension.

“It has potentially been something the club’s missed the last few years but it was a conscious decision to say ‘Let’s do what’s best for Essendon, and not necessarily try to win at all costs over who we’re trading with’.”

Of course, being through the club’s supplements saga helped the recruiting spree too.

The 2013-2016 period, and its lingering effects, meant the Bombers were given some latitude for performances last year. That’s gone now, but Worsfold said there were still some enduring effects of the period that are steering the club in the right direction.

“It’s a balance because I would say it’s all gone, but there’s definitely lessons learned there that we should never forget. So we prefer to use it as a real positive for us, that the club didn’t put its head in the sand,” he said.

“It took some pretty strong measures to say we’re not going to put ourselves in that position again. In terms of residual, I’d say there’s some really powerful outcomes that put Essendon in a strong position for the future.”


Woosha raises the bar
De Goey hits the bar.


An Aussie, an Irishman and a Brit walk into a bar.

You’d think one of them would have seen it…