Brett Ratten has confirmed interest in a return to senior coaching in the AFL, while North Melbourne interim coach Rhyce Shaw harbours hopes of landing the job on a full-time basis as Paul Roos did at Sydney 17 years ago.
Likewise, Michael Voss is backing the experience of the last few years as he keeps his hand up for another assignment.
Ratten's fellow St Kilda assistant coach Brendon Lade, who is yet to have a senior role, is also interested in making the step up.
Ratten, the current St Kilda assistant and former Carlton senior coach, is one of the obvious candidates for the vacant Kangaroos job, and North Melbourne are unlikely to be the only club in the market.
The Kangaroos are unlikely to be the only club looking for a new senior coach beyond this season, with Brendon Bolton under ongoing pressure at Carlton.
There is also speculation around Alan Richardson, despite St Kilda already having one win more than last season.
Voss is an assistant at Port Adelaide and Ratten is working under Richardson after a stint at Hawthorn.
Lade also moved to the Saints this year from Port Adelaide.
The 47-year-old Ratten said his focus for now was the Saints, but when asked about possibly applying for another senior role, he told SEN on Saturday: I will have a serious look at it.
“Im really enjoying St Kilda and we have a job to do and Ill focus on that.
“I enjoy coaching; I love working with players and trying to develop people.
“To get thrown into a senior role at a young age, maybe it was a bit too quick, and then to learn from Clarko and now the experience at St Kilda will round me off as a coach.”
Ratten initially replaced Denis Pagan as Carlton coach on an interim basis in 2007 before being appointed permanently to the position. He was sacked in 2012.
He worked alongside Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson from 2012 to 2018, which included the Hawks triple premiership years.
Voss said for now, nothing has changed in terms of his coaching future.
"The position hasn't changed. When I first came back into this four or five years ago, it was with the aspiration of being a senior coach again," he said.
"Now you're four or five years further down the track, you feel like you've developed a lot more capabilities and you've grown as a coach.
"I haven't even had a conversation with my family, so it sort of shows where it's sitting in the pecking order for me right now."
North Melbourne caretaker coach Shaw might be just one game into his role but he already is hoping to tread a path similar to Roos.
Roos took over the job at the Swans midway through 2002 after the club parted ways with his predecessor Rodney Eade, and while riding a wave of emotion and momentum, which saw him win the final four games of the season, he became the senior coach from 2003.
Having just replaced Brad Scott, and steered the Kangaroos to one of the biggest upsets of the season against Richmond, Shaw admitted he didnt think he would be in this position when he was 25-years-old after many “ups and downs”, but his eyes are now firmly on the prize.
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