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Nathan Buckley rules out return to coaching in 2023


Nathan Buckley has ruled himself out of a return to the coaching ranks in 2023.

The Collingwood great stepped aside from coaching the club halfway through 2021, and has embarked on a career in the media with SEN and Fox Footy this season.

Stating that he is enjoying the relaxed change of pace, Buckley put a line through returning to coaching next year.

“Nup. I won’t be coaching next year. I’m enjoying (being) on this couch too much,” he told Fox Footy.

“Right now, having had the time out of the game and enjoyed the space that I’ve been in with Fox and SEN without the stress and pressure of coaching, I’ve actually really enjoyed myself and the situations I’ve found myself in.

“I don’t feel the need to bring that stress back into my life at this point.

“If I don’t have that in my heart then I can’t do it for myself first and foremost, but I wouldn’t be doing the right thing by an organisation walking in if you were three-quarters ready.

“I can’t see myself doing it next year.”

Currently, the GWS coaching job is vacant following the resignation of Leon Cameron.

When asked about 2024 and beyond, Buckley said he’d cross that bridge at a later point.

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