The “furious” Eagles will try to hold rising assistant coach Sam Mitchell to his contract, as reported by the Herald Suns’ Jay Clark.
The four-time premiership Hawk has told West Coast of his desire to return to Melbourne with his young family, despite still having two years remaining on his deal.
Carlton, Hawthorn and St Kilda have all reportedly shown interest in acquiring Mitchell should he secure a release from West Coast.
But the Eagles have told Mitchell they have no intentions of letting him go and want him to honour his contract.
It is believed that West Coast have flagged the possibility of Mitchell working out in their Melbourne office in Docklands next season.
It comes after Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson told the Herald Sun last week that Mitchell sent him a text message saying: “Yeah we are coming home Clarko, but now is not the right time to talk,” with the Hawks reportedly “one of several Melbourne clubs” queuing up for his services.
Mitchell is widely tipped to have senior coaching credentials, while his links to Clarkson at Hawthorn and Brendan Bolton’s Blues could lead him down those pathways.
Swans premiership coach Paul Roos said it may be in Mitchell’s best interest to move to a lower-placed club to help with his development should he leave the Eagles.
“Given he has had a lot if success with Hawthorn, and West Coast has been a really strong footy club, I would suggest he goes to a bottom club, to be honest,” Roos told the Herald Sun.
“I feel like senior coaches are often picked from the most successful clubs and you are very rarely going to go to a top club as a first-year senior coach.
“Having a body of work is really important, but I think there would be a lot of clubs after him and he will make a decision based on what suits him and his family.”