NEW CLUB: Bombers coach John Worsfold walks off the ground after the break during the round 10 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond at the MCG.
NEW CLUB: Bombers coach John Worsfold walks off the ground after the break during the round 10 AFL match between Essendon and Richmond at the MCG. JOE CASTRO

Bombers boss set to face former team

AFL: West Coast will hold its 2006 premiership reunion this weekend. But the coach of that team has more pressing matters to think about tonight – such as knocking the Eagles off at home.

John Worsfold, who played 209 games for West Coast before coaching it in a further 277, including the grand final triumph over Sydney 10 years ago – will face the club for the first time since taking the reigns at Essendon.

“I’m not focused on reunions, I’m focused on looking forward to a great challenge on Thursday night,” Worsfold said ahead of the clash at Subiaco.

He said he would treat the match as any other, with the Bombers (1-12) rank outsiders against the Eagles (8-5), who will be looking to bounce back at home following their first loss there in 12 outings against Adelaide in round 12.

When asked about his former star player Ben Cousins, who has been suffering a much-publicised drug addition, Worsfold said he was “no expert in that area”.

“(But) we don’t like to see anyone ill and we hope he makes a full recovery,” he said.



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