Former Suns coach finds new AFL gig

Former Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna has found a new home.

McKenna has reunited with fellow former West Coast premiership star John Worsfold in Essendon’s new-look coaching staff.

The Bombers confirmed on Monday that McKenna would join the club to work under Worsfold as an assistant coach.


They were key members of the Eagles’ first two premierships in 1992 and 1994, with McKenna also succeeding Worsfold as captain in 1999-2000.

Essendon appointed Worsfold as their new senior coach after parting ways with James Hird.

McKenna was Gold Coast’s first coach, but was sacked late last year after four seasons in charge of the Suns.

McKenna, Hayden Skipworth and Mark Harvey will be the three line coaches, while Mark Neeld will take the new position of game performance manager under Worsfold.

“Guy emerged as the standout candidate during the thorough selection process,” said Essendon football manager Rob Kerr.

“Guy’s appointment further strengthens our experienced senior coaching panel.

“We’ve said from the outset, as a club we want to build towards a period of sustained success and Guy is going to play an important role in achieving that.”

McKenna was an assistant at West Coast and Collingwood before taking over the senior role at the Suns.

“To work alongside John is exciting – we achieved success as players and hopefully we can achieve success as a coaching team,” McKenna said.