MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Dyson Heppell of the Bombers (L) and Bombers assistant coach Ben Rutten in action during an Essendon Bombers AFL media opportunity & training session at The Hangar on August 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Essendon is set to follow on from Collingwood earlier this decade and put in place a coaching succession plan, with current assistant Ben Rutten to take over at the end of next season.

Coach John Worsfold is out of contract at the end of next season and is expected to hand over the head coaching job to Rutten.

Rutten, 36, has been discussed as a possible coaching candidate for Fremantle and Adelaide for 2020.

This is why the Bombers are set to announce their intentions to put an end of the talks of Rutten leaving the club.

Rutten joined the Bombers this year after plying his trade at Richmond for a few years, where he played a key role in their breakthrough premiership in 2017.

He was the Bombers’ team defence and key position coach in 2019 and will shoulder more responsibilities next season before becoming to head coach the year after.

Rutten will become Essendon’s fourth permanent coach in eight years when he begins in 2021.

The defender played 229 games for Adelaide before retiring in 2014.