Great Scott sticks with the Kan­gas

The Observer - - SPORT DIGEST -

AFL: Brad Scott (pic­tured) will con­tinue as North Mel­bourne’s coach un­til the end of 2020 af­ter se­cur­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion with the club.

Scott’s two-year ex­ten­sion ends spec­u­la­tion he had topped the wish­list of ri­vals Gold Coast.

“I would ex­pect peo­ple would ap­proach my man­age­ment ... but I was cer­tainly not keen to ex­plore any other op­tions,” Scott told re­porters yes­ter­day.

“The me­dia spec­u­la­tion was out of con­trol ... I have been very clear in telling ev­ery­one ex­actly the process we would go through.”

Scott said it was an easy de­ci­sion to ex­tend his ten­ure – he was al­ready con­tracted un­til the end of next sea­son.

“We have been very clear through­out the year about the plans we have put in place,” he said. “The foot­ball club has been rock solid this year and it’s a tes­ta­ment to the lead­er­ship.

“I said right from the out­set that I’m fully com­mit­ted to North Mel­bourne and I’m ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive of the op­por­tu­nity.”

Scott re­fused to buy into spec­u­la­tion about North be­ing a fron­trun­ner to steal Rich­mond star Dustin Martin with a seven-fig­ure of­fer.

But the 41-year-old coach said his de­ci­sion to re­main was ev­i­dence of sta­bil­ity at North.

“What this does show is this club has great sta­bil­ity go­ing for­ward so I think this club is an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for any­one,” Scott said.

North avoided the wooden spoon with a last-round win but Scott said it was time for some more tough de­ci­sions.

Ruck­man Todd Gold­stein has been flagged as po­ten­tial trade bait. “There are some re­ally tough de­ci­sions you have got to make on in­di­vid­u­als and we have a re­ally strong phi­los­o­phy that we’re club-first,” he said.

PHOTO: JU­LIAN SMITH/AAP

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