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.
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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.”
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.