MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Bombers head coach John Worsfold celebrates the win during the round 11 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 02, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

AFL premiership coach John Worsfold will join Carlton, as first reported by footy journalist Tom Browne.

Browne broke the story on Triple M’s The Hot Breakfast on Thursday morning, stating he will serve as a consultant for senior coach David Teague.

The Blues have since confirmed Worsfold’s appointment in a statement.

“Our coaches demand that our players are doing everything they can to get better, they also have that same expectation on themselves, which is driven by our Senior Coach,”Carlton Head of Football Brad Lloyd told carltonfc.com.au.

“We’ve been in discussions with John for some time, given his existing relationship with David, so it’s terrific to now have this finalised and is another step forward in our commitment to bringing success to the Carlton Football Club.

“David and John have maintained their connection since their initial time in Perth and as part of David’s personal development, John will observe a couple of games this year in a mentoring capacity. We are really pleased to be able to formalise that mentorship to now benefit the entire coaching staff.”

Teague and Worsfold have previously worked together, with Teague serving as an assistant to the former coach at West Coast for three seasons from 2011 to 2013.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 14: John Worsfold, Senior Coach of the Bombers speaks to the media before an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at The Hangar on August 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

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Browne stated that the Blues have had this move planned for some time and that it isn’t a reaction to the club’s indifferent start to 2021.

“David Teague will have a consultant alongside him this season: John Worsfold,” Browne said on Triple M.

“The players have been told a short time ago… Teague in his development plan wanted a mentor, and knows Worsfold from the time they coached together at West Coast back around 2012 and 2013.

“They have been in discussions since February, it’s not a reaction to their recent form,” he said.

“Carlton supported this decision, he’s coming on as a consultant, formally, to their coaching group, and Worsfold will attend a game this weekend and several games throughout the season.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: David Teague the Interim coach of the Blues looks on during the round 12 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on June 08, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Carlton are currently sitting 11th on the ladder with a 2-3 record ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium.

Worsfold coached 387 AFL games for West Coast and Essendon from 2002 to 2020, winning a premiership with the Eagles in 2006.

He took over the top job at the Bombers during the club’s darkest hour in 2016 following the infamous supplements saga.