In the midst of turmoil, Essendon hero Mark Thompson could be on the verge of a return to coaching, according to the NT News.
The reported coaching role will be with based in the Northern Territory, having been linked to Northern Territory Football League club Waratah, who have connections to Thompson through his uncle Peter Goodrem who is a Waratah premiership player and still closely involved in the club.
Thompson was charged with a total of seven drug-related offences and was released from Melbourne Magistrates Court on a $20,000 bail earlier this month after a police raid found illicit drugs throughout his home.
“I know one thing, the change of scenery would absolutely do him the world of good,’’ Goodrem told the NT News.
“Coming to Darwin to coach and seeking a change of lifestyle would be a big step forward for Mark, my old club and footy in general.”
“He told me ‘Uncle, I can’t focus right now, but generally I agree. I’ve got to talk to my lawyers and go their way.
Thompson had close connection with the Rioli and Long families and with them residing in the region, he is reportedly interested in rekindling a close friendship with them.
Speaking about the potential role on SEN Breakfast, former teammate Tim Watson believes it could have a positive affect on his life at this point in time.
“There are a few things he needs to sort out in his life before he would be available to do that, but that might be just what he needs,” Watson said on air.