"I've enjoyed my time at the Giants and I'm not rushing back to Melbourne to be honest": GWS Giants coach Kevin Sheedy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Kevin Sheedy has no romantic attraction to a return to Essendon but the four-time premiership coach is open to helping put the strife-torn Bombers back on track.
Sheedy is in negotiations with Greater Western Sydney over a post-coaching role at the Giants and an Essendon coterie group has approached him to take up an ambassadorial role.
It would be a celebrated homecoming at Windy Hill for the former Bombers mentor but the 65-year-old says he isn't about to turn his back on the fledgling Giants.
Although Leon Cameron will take the coaching reins next year, GWS is keen to keep Sheedy, with chief executive Dave Matthews offering him the role of football director and a seat on the board.
''I've enjoyed my time at the Giants and I'm not rushing back to Melbourne to be honest,'' Sheedy said after the Giants' 60-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night. ''I've got to work on a contract, negotiating, to stay at the Giants.''
Sheedy is disappointed to see Essendon in the mess over supplements used during last season. Asked if there was some romance drawing him back to Windy Hill, he said: ''If I went back to Essendon, it wouldn't be about romance, it'd be about fixing things up.''
Sheedy, who has two games left in charge of GWS, admitted to giving his first half-time spray in the Giants' 42 senior matches after a listless opening against the Lions.
With veteran Simon Black making a classy return from injury, Brisbane had 42 inside 50s in the first half to rack up a 59-point lead.
''I lost my voice at half-time,'' Sheedy said. ''I thought it was a very, very ordinary effort in the first half.''
Jeremy Cameron's two goals took him to the top of the race for the Coleman Medal, equal with West Coast's Josh Kennedy and Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead with 60 goals.
Caretaker Brisbane coach Mark Harvey praised his team for reacting positively to the shock midweek axing of Michael Voss.