Collingwood head of football Neil Balme.
Collingwood head of football Neil Balme. JULIAN SMITH

Balme's weighing up his future role

AFL: Well-respected football manager Neil Balme has said he will weigh up his future in the next week.

While he says there has been no official offer from the Brisbane Lions to head up their football department, Balme is yet to decide whether he would stay on at Collingwood in a new role, as director of coaching.

The Magpies have welcomed back Graeme Allan to the club as its head of football after helping set up the GWS Giants.

Balme confirmed he had met Lions chief executive Greg Swann and list manager Peter Schwab, but only while in Brisbane visiting banned Collingwood pair Lachy Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Balme told SEN radio he did not necessarily agree with the Collingwood restructure, "but that doesn't mean it is not the right decision”, and he was "pretty sure I do” want to take on the director of coaching role.

At 64, Balme may be reluctant to move to Brisbane, but there is no doubt his experience would be welcomed at a club in need of wiser heads on and off the field.

Brett Montgomery is believed to be set to throw his hat into the ring for the now-vacant senior coaching position at the Lions after Justin Leppitsch's sacking.

The 2004 Port Adelaide premiership player parted company with the Bulldogs last month after six years as an assistant.

But, Hawthorn football boss and long-time Alastair Clarkson right-hand man Chris Fagan, at 55, could be a left-field option after playing no small part in the Hawks' past four flags.

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