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Momentum grows for Michael Voss

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When the recently retired Michael Voss boldly placed himself on the senior coaching market in 2007 the dominoes then were Essendon and Carlton. Both clubs announced the departures of Kevin Sheedy and Denis Pagan within weeks of each other, at least partly motivated by luring the 32-year-old champion player with no coaching experience.

The Brisbane Lions legend was less than a season out of the game, working in commentary roles and as an academy coach at the AIS. He regretted it later but declared himself both willing and able to defy convention. More experienced football leaders took Voss to task to his face and behind his back.

The pivotal decisions since then that have punctuated Voss' unconventional coaching journey now reach another sliding doors moment. Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is acutely aware that his senior assistant - promoted to that role this season - could be gone by the end of 2019. The club has already spoken to Voss regarding how he will handle the coming months

Voss wants to become a senior coach again. And the industry support behind that ambition is gaining momentum. The AFL is backing him, the coaching fraternity is backing him and Port believe he is more than capable.

Last week Voss' three-time premiership coach Leigh Matthews eschewed the football fashion of forever discarding sacked first-time coaches, declaring they could only be better the second time around.

As fate would have it there is every chance Carlton - and to a lesser extent Essendon - will be searching again soon for a new senior coach.

The most likely scenario now is that Brad Scott will coach Carlton should Brendon Bolton depart as expected but Voss, who grew up a Blues supporter, must be considered a contender.

St Kilda, where Voss' long-time football boss Graeme Allan is working as a list........

© Brisbane Times