The man who is believed to be behind Richmond’s incredible rise to premiership glory last year, assistant coach Blake Caracella, is out of contract and could be hot on the market at the end of this season.
The Tigers midfield coach is yet to commit to the Tigers beyond this year and is reportedly aware of the interest from rival clubs, according to AFL.com.au.
Clubs must let their out of contract assistant coaches know of their intentions by August 1st, and it looks as though there will be plenty of shifting within club’s coaching staff come the end of this year.
Essendon already have an opening in their coaching team after Mark Neeld was sacked earlier this year.
Carracella played for six years at the Bombers and was an integral part of their last premiership in 2000.
St Kilda and Gold Coast are also likely to have a number of openings to bring in some fresh assistants.
Richmond midfielder Kane Lambert credited Caracella for his rise from fringe player to best and fairest placegetter in a premiership year.
“I knew I had more to offer and Blake Caracella made me believe in myself more than anyone else,” Lambert told the AFL Players website.
“He sees things that no one else really does but when he explains it to you, you’re confused as to why you’d never noticed it before.
“He’s very simplistic in how he goes about it but he’s so smart.
“He has helped me with my off-ball running and positioning and, again, the belief. He didn’t expect me to do anything that he didn’t think I was capable of. He helped me to believe in myself.”
Caracella is also the man responsible Richmond’s ball movement that won them a premiership last year and has them at strong favourites to back to back this season.