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Essendon CAS verdict: Mark Jamar interested in ruck coach role but status as top-up player unclear

Former Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar has interviewed for the Essendon ruck coach job but it remains unclear as to whether he will also be one of 10 top-up players for the Bombers this season.

Jamar was at Essendon's Tullamarine base on Thursday morning but his manager Tom Petroro stressed that had to do with his interest in the coaching role.

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Petroro couldn't "rule out" or "rule in" a potential dual role for the former Demon at Essendon.

"Not at this stage," Petroro said when asked if Jamar would also play for the Bombers in 2016.

"I don't think they (Essendon) have made any decision on that yet.

"I spoke to (Essendon list manager) Adrian (Dodoro) this morning and he's still weighing up all the things that he wants to do."


The 32-year-old only managed five games for Melbourne last year before being delisted.

Essendon are on the search for as many as 10 top-up players following season-ending doping suspensions handed down to 12 of their senior players on Tuesday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Jamar, a former All-Australian ruckman, played 155 games and kicked 56 goals for the Demons in 14 seasons and, if he decided to play on in 2016, looms as a logical temporary replacement for Tom Bellchambers.