North confirm AFL interest in Longmire

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire is on the shopping list of AFL club North Melbourne. (AAP)

A month after parting ways with Brad Scott, AFL club North Melbourne have formally made contact with Sydney coach John Longmire's manager.

North Melbourne have confirmed their interest in John Longmire as the AFL club starts the search for a new senior coach.

Longmire's manager Liam Pickering has revealed Kangaroos president Ben Buckley recently made contact regarding the 2012 premiership coach, who is contracted to Sydney until the end of 2020.

"They just sounded me out," Pickering said on SEN.

"I have had a call from North. I'm not really that surprised that I've had a discussion, I thought it would come and I got a phone call.

"I don't know where it will end up."

The Kangaroos installed Rhyce Shaw as caretaker coach a month ago following Brad Scott's exit.

Longmire, who played 200 games for North, has loomed large as the club's No.1 target but Tuesday is the first time there has been public confirmation of their interest.

Speculation is rife the Swans coach will be offered a contract worth $1.5 million per season by the Kangaroos, which could potentially prompt him to ask for an early release.

However, Sydney are set to offer a contract extension later this year and Longmire is yet to give any indication he is seriously looking at leaving.

"We're also having very good chats with Sydney as well. We're having good chats. Everything's going well," Pickering said.

Swans chief executive Tom Harley and chairman Andrew Pridham have both publicly backed the incumbent as the right man to write the club's next chapter.

Longmire recently travelled to Melbourne and caught up with Glenn Archer, who is on the panel that will help the Kangaroos find their next senior coach, and other 1999 premiership teammates.

"Nah, he didn't," Longmire said last week, when asked if Archer informally raised the matter.

"I'm not commenting on that job because, as I said a couple of weeks ago, I've got a job here and that's what I am focusing on."

The Swans won a flag in Longmire's second season in charge and haven't missed the finals during his tenure, although that record is likely to end soon - barring a remarkable finish to 2019.

Source AAP

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