MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Ross Lyon, coach of the Dockers speaks to his team during a quarter time break during the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has given his biggest hint yet that a return to coaching could be on the cards.

The desirable ex-coach has been linked to both the vacant Collingwood position and as a possible successor to David Teague should the Blues coach part ways with Carlton by season's end.

Lyon hasn't coached in the AFL since being sacked from the Dockers at the end of the 2019 season.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Dockers head coach Ross Lyon looks on while walking from the field during the round 18 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 54-year-old managed three Grand Final appearances between his stints with the Saints and Dockers, recording 163 wins from his 285 games in the hot-seat.

With growing speculation around whether he will return to the coaching landscape, Lyon spoke on a past discussion he held with coaching great Leigh Matthews.

“I ran into Leigh Matthews and it was a really simple conversation at the end of one of our games," Lyon said on Triple M.

“I’d certainly closed it and I saw Leigh, and Leigh doesn’t talk a lot but he’s very respected, and he said, ‘mate, you going to coach again?’.

BRISBANE, QSL - JULY 01: Leigh Matthews of the Lions speaks at three-quarter time during the round 13 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton Blues at the Gabba on July 1, 2006 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)

“And I said, ‘nah I’m done mate’, and he goes, ‘you’re too young, you miss game-day, you need to coach again’.

“There’s a lot of noise around you and the narrative and I felt there was some respect there from Leigh and it does stimulate your thinking that you’ve got something to offer and maybe if an opportunity presented, maybe you look.".

Lyon added that should the Magpies look to make contact with him, he would be sure to pick up the phone.

“The Collingwood Football Club, if they reached (out), you would speak to them, but you need to be all-in. It’s an all-in job," he said.

“AFL coaching is a passion. I never found it torturous or a job. To put a team around you and to commit to something and try and build something special is a wonderful feeling."

Collingwood are yet to name their new senior coach, with COVID-19 related delays placing face-to-face conversations with candidates on hold.

The Magpies are understood to have interviewed Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley and former Lions senior coach Michael Voss.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Adam Kingsley, Midfield/Stoppages Coach of the Tigers addresses his players during the 2021 AFL Round 07 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 30, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood, along with the Blues, are tipped to show interest in outgoing Hawks boss Alastair Clarkson, who is believed to already be in the sights of as many as 10 clubs.

Former Saint and Dockers player Zach Dawson told 6PR that he believes Lyon won't make a return to coaching.

“A little bit hard to get the real info out, I don’t know whether what he’s telling me is the truth or not” Dawson said.

“Through our conversations, it’s been more no than yes”