Sydney AFL coach John Longmire has dismissed the suggestion that ongoing speculation over his intentions could distract his players.
John Longmire is adamant that continuing external speculation over his intentions isn't distracting his Sydney players, and says Rhyce Shaw is doing a good job as North Melbourne's caretaker AFL coach.
The Kangaroos recently approached Longmire's manager as they explore options for next season.
But the 1999 North Melbourne premiership player and 2012 Swans' flag-winning coach still has another year left on his Sydney contract.
Longmire hasn't definitively ruled out a move and a slip of the tongue on Fox Footy last week, when he said he was "absolutely contracted to the North", before quickly correcting himself "to the Sydney Swans football club", generated another wave of chatter.
Asked on Monday if the speculation could distract his players, Longmire said: "No. We're very focused on our performance on a week-to-week basis (and) that's what we're doing again this week."
Longmire's former assistant Shaw has won four out of five games since Brad Scott's mid-season departure.
Asked if he had spoken to Shaw since the latter was appointed, Longmire said: "No, I'm making sure that our boys are going well."
"He's done a good job, Shawy," he added.
Longmire's depleted ruck stocks could improve for this week's home game against Carlton, with Darcy Cameron a chance to return from a quadriceps injury which has sidelined him for four weeks.
"We want to make sure that when Darcy is ... in the senior team, he's ready," Longmire said.
"He's missed a bit of footy this year so we just have to work through his program."
With Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith still out, athletic key defender Aliir Aliir did most of the ruck work in last Saturday's narrow loss to Essendon, impressing Longmire.
"He was fantastic. We understand it's taken away a strength of ours as far as intercept marking, but we felt his ability to be able to get after it at ground level was very good," Longmire said.
Sydney missed potential goals against Essendon because Tom Papley and Nick Blakey both opted to play on with advantage, rather than the Swans taking a set shot.
Longmire said he'd spoken to both men and his policy was not to play on unless a goal was certain.