DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: Tigers assistant coach Justin Leppitsch during the round 13 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at TIO Stadium on August 22, 2020 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Former Brisbane coach and Richmond assistant Justin Leppitsch has been approached by both Carlton and Collingwood to bolster their assistant coaching stocks, according to Age reporter Sam McClure.

After being fired from Brisbane after guiding them through their early 2010s rebuild, Leppitsch went on to become an integral member of the Tigers’ coaching staff through their past three premierships.

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Despite having personal and team success at Richmond, he opted to step away from football at the end of 2020.

Leppitsch responded to the report on SEN radio, saying his football future is still very much up in the air.

“I’m going to have many conversations about, not even just football, but business and other aspects of my life where my long-term future lies, so that’s not going to change from now until the end of the year,” he said on SEN’s Whateley.

“My decision to go back to the game isn’t 100 per cent yet.

“If you asked me if I had to turn up for work tomorrow what my answer would be, it would probably be no.

“That’s as simple as it is regardless of what’s happening outside of that.

“People have got to remember, I left the game for a reason and you’ve got to come back for a reason, so there’s a lot to it.”

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McClure reported that Carlton have expressed major interest, with Head of Football Brad Lloyd approaching Leppitsch to be a senior assistant under David Teague.

The Blues also reportedly unknowingly separately reached out about replacing Chris Judd as the football director for Carlton’s board.

Meanwhile, Collingwood have interest in bringing Leppitsch as a senior assistant to Nathan Buckley in 2022.

Despite a disappointing start to the 2021 season, Collingwood is expected to re-sign Buckley through the 2022 season.

Given both clubs’ poor start to the season, the coaching seats are starting to heat up for both Teague and Buckley.

It appears that both clubs are searching for a respected senior assistant capable of taking the reigns if their teams continue to underperform.