North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has dismissed reports he considered leaving the club last year.

Reports emerged a fortnight ago that Scott, who has coached the Kanagroos for seven seasons, was frustrated with the club at the end of last season for receiving most of the fans’ backlash for the decision to let Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo leave the club.

There was speculation surrounding Scott’s management group and whether or not they approached the Lions last year about possibly replacing outgoing Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch, but Scott said he knew nothing about it.

“No one at Brisbane spoke to me, and I didn’t speak to anyone at Brisbane,” Scott told the Herald Sun.

“I find it strange that people say I was thinking something … I am pretty sure I know what I was thinking and my commitment to North Melbourne has been unwavering.

“I can’t stop football clubs ringing managers, or anything like that. If it happened (his management group speaking to Brisbane), it never came back to me.”

Scott says he’s always been committed to North Melbourne, a club he’s coached since 2010 and is contracted to until the end of 2018.

“Two years ago, there was a public thing that the Gold Coast approached him (Kelly), so we made it very clear I was committed here (at North Melbourne),” Scott said.

“My philosophy has always been to do what is best for North. I can’t be thinking about what is best for me.

“I love coaching this football club. There will come a point where I am not the best person to take this club forward, and then it will be incumbent on me to say I don’t think I am the best person to coach this club anymore, or for them to say that to me.”

“But my overarching philosophy is I will do what is best for the North Melbourne Football Club and I maintain I will do that in the future.”