Now Playing: AFL star Brett Deledio has had his contract cancelled by the Western Bulldogs after the club’s chief executive said the former star would not return to the club.
Deledio was not included in a list of AFL coaches who could return to their former clubs this week but was not the only one to be affected.
Essendon’s David Myers and Hawthorn’s Craig Melly were also not on the list, with the AFL confirming that both had been contacted by the club about their futures.
“We have had contact with Brett and the AFL,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
“Essendon has contacted us regarding David Myers.
We are working with David on his options and he will consider his options in the coming days.”
McLachlan added: “The AFL will consider all of the circumstances that arise, including the fact that the Club is a new entity.”
McGuire was named coach of Hawthorn on Friday, replacing Tom Rockliff.
He has not coached a game for Hawthorn since 2013.
“David has been a great asset to the Club, his professionalism, and his character has been recognised across the competition,” McLachlon said.
Hawthorn’s David ‘Mandy’ Myers (left) and Brett Delingio have been linked with the coaching job at the Bulldogs.
Source: News Corp AustraliaThe Bulldogs have been trying to fill vacancies at the top of the ladder since the end of the 2014 season, with many being overlooked due to the size of their salary cap.
The club has a $9.4 million salary cap for next season, but it is likely to be reduced to $7.2 million.
Former coach Simon Goodwin left for the Gold Coast in February 2017 to replace the sacked Phil Walsh, who took over at the club in the same year.
The Bulldogs are currently third in the ladder, but their first finals berth since 2004 is still to come.
The AFL also confirmed that it has retained a contract with former Bulldogs star Tom Rocklam, who is contracted until the end.
Rocklam, 39, played a total of 861 games for the club, including two premierships.
He made a total $1.7 million in salary and incentives last year.