COACH­ING WILL HAVE TO WAIT

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Will Cameron Ling ever take up coach­ing? That is the ques­tion haunt­ing AFL cir­cles ever since the for­mer Geelong cham­pion hung up his boots at the end of the 2011 sea­son.

Ling has spent the past five years a spe­cial­ist com­men­ta­tor for Chan­nel 7 and ra­dio’s 3AW, and host of Seven travel show Mel­bourne Week­ender.

Ling played 246 games for Geelong, is a three-time premier­ship player (2007, 2009, 2011) and for­mer cap­tain.

He ad­mits com­men­tat­ing, which inevitably means some­times hav­ing to crit­i­cise his for­mer club and team­mates, didn’t come easy.

“For the first year I felt re­ally self-con­scious about it,” Ling says. “I had to be hon­est and give my opin­ion but only a few months ear­lier I had been play­ing and train­ing with th­ese peo­ple and some of them were my clos­est friends.”

Is he in­ter­ested in coach­ing or will he stick with the me­dia?

“Right now … I still love what I am do­ing. The roles I have I find re­ally chal­leng­ing. I’m keen to con­tinue along that jour­ney.

“Ev­ery now and then, when I spend time with for­mer team­mates who are coach­ing or still play­ing, and I get into talk­ing about tac­tics … I start to get a pull in that di­rec­tion (coach­ing). (I think) I wouldn’t mind hav­ing a crack at that.”

AFL — CARL­TON V RICH­MOND, SEVEN/ 7MATE, THURS­DAY, 7PM

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