Outspoken former AFL player Jason Akermanis hopes to join Essendon as a development coach.
The 2001 Brownlow Medallist and three-time Brisbane premiership player will reportedly interview for the role next week.
Akermanis’ public comments frequently made him a lightning rod for controversy during his playing career and he had messy departures from the Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs.
He has also commented on Essendon’s supplements scandal.
For the last two seasons Akermanis has coached country side North Albury.
“That’s a long time ago now – half a decade ago since I played,” Akermanis said of his many controversies as a player.
“My opinions and the way I go about things as a coach are completely the opposite to when I played.
“I’m a completely different person doing a completely different role.”