When Michael Voss stepped aboard as senior coach at the Brisbane Lions a decade ago, he was appointed based on his reputation as a player.
At least, that’s the impression the current Port Adelaide senior assistant gave while speaking to the media on Tuesday morning at Alberton.
The former Bears and Lions great enjoyed a stellar 289-game career across the two clubs, capped off with captaincy through the ‘golden years’ of Brisbane’s 2001-03 premiership triumphs as well as a share of the 1996 Brownlow Medal.
Success didn’t come as easily in his first crack at management, however, registering 43 wins in 109 games across five seasons as Lions coach from 2009-2013 including a semi-finals run in his first year in charge.
Now, Voss believes that his tactical acumen will be the determining factor in any future coaching opportunities before his brand.
“If more my name won me my first role, I’m hoping that the skillsets win me my second,” Voss said.
“There’s no doubt clearly that my name was an influencing factor to the last time around.”
Voss joined Port Adelaide as a midfield coach in 2015, and after four years in that role has received a promotion as a member of Ken Hinkley’s fully-fledged assistant staff.
Though coaching departures at North Melbourne and Carlton got rumours swirling nationwide as whispers of more potential changes continue to linger, Voss, while appearing hopeful, prefers to keep his cards close to his chest for now.
“There’s been no process that’s been followed through, nothing that I’ve certainly heard of, so until that does, for me, it’s about the job I’ve got and do (sic) the best that you possibly can.
“The time’s been spent to try and go back and better yourself and make yourself better at what you do.”