Nathan Buckley drops massive hint about a huge career change after he was forced to sell some of his most prized footy possessions

 Buckley doesn't rule out coaching Tasmania Devils Footy great attempted to change topic when pressed Buckley coached the Pies between 2012 and 2021

AFL Hall of Fame legend Nathan Buckley has dropped a huge hint about his next career move with a very telling response when he was pressed about whether he's keen to coach the Tasmanian team that will join the league in 2028.

Buckley, who coached Collingwood from 2012 to 2021, has repeatedly denied interest in returning to a similar post in recent years, but when asked if he wanted the top job in Tassie by Kane Cornes on Monday, he cheekily tried to change the subject.

'Do you want to be gthe next coach of Tassie?' Cornes asked on their SEN radio show.

'Tassie is a beautiful state, isn't it?' Buckley answered.

'Beautiful countryside. It's at one with nature. There's a lot that Tassie has going for it.'

A smiling Cornes repeatedly interjected with, 'So, is that a yes?' - but couldn't get a straight answer from a laughing Buckley.

'Still plenty to go under the bridge, I would've thought,' Buckley continued.

.@kanecornes: "Do you want to be the first coach of Tassie?"

Buckley: "Tassie is a beautiful state isn't it..." 👀

Cornes: "Is that a yes??"

⬇⬇⬇⬇@SENBreakfast | #AFL pic.twitter.com/hgV5ZCpkwX

— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) May 26, 2024

Nathan Buckley didn't rule out taking a coaching job with the Devils in 2028

Nathan Buckley didn't rule out taking a coaching job with the Devils in 2028

'Maybe you need to have more than a CEO to make decisions.'

Last week, journalist Jay Clark suggested that Buckley would be 'absolutely perfect' for the Devils gig.

'Tell me that the Tasmanian Football Club doesn't need someone who can make a splash and has the character, capability, cache and connectivity (as Buckley),' Clark told Fox Footy's Midweek Tackle.

'He can connect with all levels of the football club. I'm not sure if there have been any discussions to this point, but I'll be surprised if Nathan Buckley isn't on that shortlist.

'He looms as an outstanding option in seat 1A for this job.

'Maybe he oversees like a UK soccer manager – the one who sits on top and his assistants are the people who have their sleeves rolled up and are in the nitty gritty and seeds of the coaching.

'As someone who can oversee the whole operation – like Kevin Sheedy did [in the] early days at GWS – I think he would be absolutely perfect.'

Nathan Buckley will be a top candidate for the AFL's newest team when the Devils enter the comp in 2028

Nathan Buckley will be a top candidate for the AFL's newest team when the Devils enter the comp in 2028

The AFL legend (pictured with new Brodie Ryan) had to put some of his most prized possessions up for auction due to his divorce from ex-wife Tania

The AFL legend (pictured with new Brodie Ryan) had to put some of his most prized possessions up for auction due to his divorce from ex-wife Tania

Earlier this month, Buckley was forced to reluctantly auction off some of his most prized possessions following his divorce to his ex-wife Tania.

Among the items on offer included the champion midfielder's grand final jersey from his best-on-ground effort in Collingwood's defeat by Brisbane in 2002.

Over 750 fans registered their interest in making Buckley's items their own, with some even booking time off work to attend the auction, and Collingwood also purchased some of the possessions for their own museum.

Seven reports that the total collection, which included boots, shorts and socks from his time at the Pies and Brisbane Bears, sold for $192,000.

The most expensive item that was sold was his jersey from the 2002 final, which fetched $16,000.

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