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Sport'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk

17:25  27 may  2019
17:25  27 may  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Sydney coach John Longmire has distanced himself from links to the vacant job at North Melbourne and expressed delight that his former protege and colleague Rhyce Shaw has landed an opportunity as their interim successor to Brad Scott.

The resignation of Scott could begin a round of musical chairs in AFL coaching but it is highly unlikely to involve Longmire, who has been flagged as a possible target for the Kangaroos, where he won the 1999 premiership and kicked 511 goals in 200 games for the club.

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Longmire is tied to the Swans until the end of 2020 and said on Monday he was enjoying the challenge of bringing through a fresh crop of young players, who have impressed over the last three weeks with wins over Essendon and North and a narrow defeat to Collingwood on Friday night.

It wasn’t a totally comprehensive denial — Longmire did not directly answer whether the Kangaroos had been in touch with either himself or his management, instead saying he had not been offered a job.

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"I haven’t been offered any job because I’ve got a job here at the moment with the Sydney Swans and I’m contracted, that’s what I’m doing," Longmire said. "I’m just saying how it is.

"At the moment I’m contracted to the Swans, I’ve got Geelong coming up in Geelong this week, we’ve just come off Collingwood, there’s enough on my plate to be able to get the Swans organised without worrying about outside noise.

"I'm sure (talks over a contract extension) will happen at some point."

Originally from Corowa in country NSW, Longmire has been at Sydney since 2002 and has spent more time at the club than he did as a player in Melbourne.

The 48-year-old is fully entrenched at the Swans and in the city, and has school-age children who have grown up there, making a shift to Victoria not quite as simple as some south of the border have suggested.

Longmire said he had been in touch with Shaw, who played seven seasons at the Swans - the first two under Paul Roos and the remainder under Longmire, who ascended to the top job in 2011.

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Shaw was also an assistant to Longmire for three years before moving to the Kangaroos this season.

"I’m thrilled for Shawry," he said. "It’s the same when Stuey Dew went to coach the Gold Coast, to get another person who’s been in your system both as a player and as a coach for a long time to get an opportunity, I’m thrilled for him.

"I was on the phone to him last night, it’s a great chance for him and he’s a terrific person. He's got great personal skills - he's very good with relationships, he understands people, he works extremely hard and that's always a good mix. I'm sure he'll be very good at that job."

Meanwhile, the Swans will have to tackle Saturday's daunting trip Geelong without co-captain Josh Kennedy, who has injured his knee and won't be back until after the bye, Longmire said.

The other casualty from Friday's seven-point loss to the Magpies, George Hewett (concussion), has pulled up well and is expected to play.

Former Cat Daniel Menzel, however, is no guarantee - despite a five-goal haul against Gold Coast in the NEAFL.

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Menzel racked up 15 disposals and four marks in the 58-point win over the Suns, which was his second game back from off-season groin surgery.

"He was able to run the game out OK, it's just he was quiet in the first half," Longmire said. "His second half was very good.

We'll work out what the mix of our team looks like, how his form over the four quarters looks like and make a decision from there. He's not in the team just yet."

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'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
'I'm contracted': Longmire hoses down North Melbourne talk
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