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North Melbourne, Alastair Clarkson, coach, return, lengthy offer, contract, GWS Giants, race, David Noble, Leigh Adams

North Melbourne have reportedly tabled a “long offer” for head coach Alastair Clarkson for 2023 and beyond.

Clarkson has been handed a minimum five-year contract to join The Edge Rows and take over from keeper Leigh Adams.

Fox Footy’s Mark Robinson said he believed the Clarkson-Kangaroo deal “went overboard”.

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On 3AW: “Alastair Clarkson has the ability to change his mind and say ‘I’m not coached’ so everyone is a bit scared to speak up.”

But the more this goes on, the more unlikely I find it.

Commentator Tim Lane said the deal between Clarkson and North Melbourne would be “exciting”.

“The people of North Melbourne will enjoy this,” he said on 3AW.

Clarkson beat a team that won the Premiership before their time in 2008 to return to the club where he started his career and should not be forgotten.

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“Clarkson has won four flags – not since Norm Smith.”

“It’s great to have him in the firing line and back at that fight club.”

North Melbourne and GWS are both vying for the four-time premiership coach’s job at Houghton at the end of 2021.

Both clubs have met with Clarkson in recent weeks, with the Hawks adviser poised to make a final call before the end of the home-and-away season.

It is understood the Giants will officially offer Clarkson.

They are still reportedly in talks with other candidates such as Adam Yze (Melbourne), Adam Kingsley (Richmond) and their current keeper Mark McVeigh.

He believes Robinson is the frontrunner to take over the Giants, but Leigh Matthews says he doesn’t think GWS are going as hard as the Roos for Clarkson.

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On 3AW: “North is hunting Alastair Clarkson.

“I don’t think the Giants do that.”

Clarkson previously said he would make a call on his future in August, which has just over a week to run.

Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said earlier this month that the Roos “went all out” to sign Clarkson and the club had a “real chance” of signing him.

Clarkson’s manager, James Henderson, told McGuire that the meeting had been “excellent” and a “rewarding experience”.

“There are currently no plans for[the North],” McGuire said at the time.

North parted company with former manager David Noble after 38 games, with Leigh Adams standing in for Noble in his absence.

Just last month, reports suggested Clarkson was asking for $1.6 million a season to return to coaching, but he responded by calling the figure “bulls***t”.

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