Scott Burns will return home and coach the disappointment of the year, the Adelaide Crows.
As Neil Craig departs Football Park and club great and premiership captain Mark Bickley takes the reins for the remaining rounds, Scott Burns will hit the spotlight as a strong contender for the senior coaching position.
A friend asked me last night ‘why would you want to coach Adelaide?’ The answer, it is a great opportunity where it can make or break a career – it is a chance to enter the inner sanctum and rebuild a team…it is a prospect that may be enticing for a smart, young and talented former AFL player and Collingwood captain.
Bookmakers have marked Burns as third favourite already; former great sons of the club Mark Riccuito and Chris McDermott have mentioned his name in the public arena also.
Burns played 264 AFL games in the black and white which encompassed him leading the club for one year post Nathan Buckley. After hanging up the boots, Burns was signed by West Coast as an assistant / midfield coach.
Burns has learnt from the best; he was coached and mentored by premiership coaches Leigh Matthews and more recently, Mick Malthouse. Malthouse remarked that Burns left a footprint on the Collingwood Football Club; one of hardness and one of fairness.
Burns has played a significant role (of which he has been endorsed) at the Eagles under John Worsfold and alongside former key Eagles forward, Peter Sumich.
Burns has the finals ahead of him with West Coast and then I believe he will take hold of the Crows and start the renovation – key project number one, trade Kurt Tippet. John Worsfold has come out and stated that he would support Burns if he is to seriously throw his hat into the ring.
Like Craig, Burns will bring a tough and disciplined approach to the Crows and provide strong and effective leadership. Eddie McGuire has been quoted as saying that Burns was one of the clubs greatest ever players and one of their best leaders.
Burns was well sought after once he had retired and I believe the Crows will be dialling his number very, very shortly.