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Two Victorian rivals in battle to secure highly-touted former assistant coach


Former Brisbane coach and Richmond assistant Justin Leppitsch is being courted by both Carlton and Collingwood, according to Sportsday co-host Sam McClure.

Leppitsch is currently working in the media and coaching amateur football after opting for a break from the AFL system this season.

McClure reports that the Blues have approached him on two separate occasions within the last month for him to join the club, while Collingwood’s interest is also real.

“Justin Leppitsch has been approached not once, but twice from Carlton,” he revealed on Sportsday.

“He was approach by the (Carlton) Head of Football Brad Lloyd about being a senior assistant under David Teague for 2022 and that was after he was approached by Carlton’s board to replace Chris Judd as football director.

“In the space of a couple of weeks, Justin Leppitsch has been offered two different roles at Carlton - one on the board and one as a senior assistant.

“This comes amid reports in The Age that Collingwood are also in pursuit of Justin Leppitsch to be a senior assistant to Nathan Buckley in 2022.”

Gerard Healy questioned why the Pies would be looking to hire Leppitsch despite senior coach Nathan Buckley still currently unsigned beyond this season.

“I think that’s a very good question,” he said.

“And I think right here right now, if you were to ask me an opinion, I think that Nathan Buckley is far more likely than unlikely to be coach of Collingwood in 2022.

“I think he’ll be given a one or two-year contract extension before the end of the year.”

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