MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19: Former North Melbourne senior coach Dani Laidley and Darren Crocker look on during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL Media Opportunity at Arden Street Ground on November 19, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Former North Melbourne head coach Danielle Laidley remains in line for a return to the industry, with Laidley linked with the vacant Western Bulldogs AFLW job.

As first reported by CODE Sports' Daniel Cherny, the former Eagle and Roo is said to be one of the final handful of candidates still in the running for the Whitten Oval role after ex-Saint Nathan Burke departed at the cessation of the 2023 season.

While Laidley has not offered any public comment regarding the gig at the Kennel, the premiership winner has previously stated that she remains ready if and when the call comes.

“That is true (I want to return to coaching),” Laidley revealed on SEN last year, ahead of West Coast offering their head coaching job to Daisy Pearce.

“We've been waiting until the documentary (Danielle Laidley: Two Tribes) came out because I was contracted for that.

“It's been a passion of mine and I've sort of been ready for about 12 months and even actually for this AFLW season, I was asked to do a coaching role at one of the Melbourne teams. But I couldn't because I was contracted for the doco.

“People have connected the dots, West Coast have got a position available and yes, I want to coach again.”

Laidley accrued a 50 per cent win rate when leading her old side between 2003 and 2009, steering North Melbourne into the finals in three of seven seasons.

The Western Australian also played 151 games for West Coast and the Shinboners, tasting premiership success in 1996 and representing her state in the same season.

The Western Bulldogs have not offered any form of public comment regarding Laidley, her interest in the position, nor revealing any of the other candidates in the running.