Brad Scott will remain North Melbourne coach until the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year contract extension.
Scott, who was already contracted for 2018, will coach the club into his ninth season next year.
North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley told reporters on Wednesday after an extensive review, the club came to the conclusion Scott is the best man to the lead the club forward.
“We believe this will set us up for years. It offers us a very stable platform and we are delighted Brad has accepted this opportunity,” Buckley said.
“The extension of Brad’s contract is a key plank on the path of a successful team and one that will be competing in finals soon.”
Despite the various reports linking Scott to other coaching roles, particularly the vacant Gold Coast Suns job, the 41-year-old said he always wanted to remain at the Kangaroos.
“It was very easy. I think we have been clear throughout the year in terms of the plan we have put in place. I said from the outset I am fully committed to North Melbourne. I’ve been extremely impressed with the way the club has stuck with its strategy this year. The football club has been rock solid this year,” Scott said.
“The media speculation was out of control. It was always amusing to me. A lot of people were telling me what I was doing but there is only one person who knew that and that was me.”
But Scott refused to buy into speculation surrounding Dustin Martin’s potential move to Arden Street.
“I’ve never had a phone call from Ralph Carr (Martin’s manager). I don’t expect to get one,” he said.
“We are not eggs all in one basket one way or another. We will be exploring all those. We are not just simply saying we have one strategy and that is it.
“What this does show is this club has great stability going forward so I think this club is an attractive proposition for anyone.”
Scott has coached the Roos to 87 wins and 84 losses in his 171 games coaching career.
If he sees out his contract, he will overtake Denis Pagan as the club’s longest serving coach.