Dockers' AFL coach search takes a twist

Collingwood AFL assistant Justin Longmuir is rumoured to be going cold on coaching Fremantle.
Collingwood AFL assistant Justin Longmuir is rumoured to be going cold on coaching Fremantle.

The race to be Fremantle's next senior head coach has been thrown wide open after reports surfaced that frontrunner Justin Longmuir is strongly considering joining Carlton.

Longmuir was the hot early favourite to be named Dockers coach after Ross Lyon was sacked with a year remaining on his contract.

But the current Collingwood assistant is reportedly being heavily chased by the Blues, and could join Carlton as a senior assistant to new head coach David Teague.

Adelaide, who parted ways with Don Pyke last week, are also reportedly interested in luring Longmuir their way.

If Longmuir pulls out of the race to join Fremantle, it would leave Peter Sumich, Michael Voss, Dean Solomon, and perhaps one or two other candidates, to fight for the role.

Sumich's chances might have been harmed after recently taking a swipe at his old club West Coast after the Willie Rioli ASADA drama.

Fremantle are expected to finalise their new coach within the next fortnight.

The Dockers are also on the lookout for a new chief executive after sacking Steve Rosich on the same day they axed Lyon.

Fremantle have missed the finals for the past four years and are set to lose Brad Hill and Ed Langdon to rival clubs.

Hill, who has two more years remaining on his contract, has nominated St Kilda as his club of choice.

Langdon, who is out of contract, has been linked to the Demons.

Australian Associated Press