Carlton’s new senior coach will have the freedom to form his own panel of assistants after Cameron Bruce left the AFL club to join Brisbane.
The Blues are getting closer to appointing David Teague’s successor after his sacking last month following an external review from the football department.
Alastair Clarkson remains on the Blues’ radar, with new general manager Brian Cook preparing to make a final bid to lure Hawthorn’s quadruple mastermind to Ikon Park.
Clarkson has repeatedly stated that he intends to take a year off in 2022, while admitting that his situation may change.
On Monday, Fox Sports reported that only a backflip from Clarkson would prevent the Blues from appointing Michael Voss as their new coach.
Former Brisbane coach Voss, who is Ken Hinkley’s main assistant in Port Adelaide, is in contention with Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley and Daniel Giansiracusa of Essendon for the Blues’ best position.
Former top senior coaches Ross Lyon, Brad Scott and Nathan Buckley are already out of the race.
Regardless of who wins the job, the new coach will have a clean slate to put together his own panel of assistants, as Bruce’s departure means there are no more full-time Teague coaching staff left at the team. club.
Senior Assistant John Barker left in June, while Dale Amos and Brent Stanton were released along with Teague.
Bruce spent four seasons at Carlton after a stint at Hawthorn, serving the Blues as an assistant coach on all three lines.
His stint as coach follows a decorated playing career spanning 234 games with Melbourne and Hawthorn.
Bruce will reunite with Chris Fagan in Brisbane after the couple worked with Clarkson during the Hawks’ hat-trick from 2013 to 2015.
The 41-year-old will coach the Lions midfield group under Fagan.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to team up with Fages again and work with a group that is really competitive,” said Bruce.
“This is the opportunity to go on an adventure with my family who are very excited about what awaits us.
“I have a real passion for capers and I help players get the most out of their careers and I can’t wait to go (to Brisbane) and do what I can to help this group continue. to improve. “