Lloyd firms up as top fancy for Cats role

Simon Lloyd has emerged as the front runner to take over as Geelong's head of football next month with the Cats forced to restructure its department following the impending departure of Steve Hocking.

Lloyd, who joined the club from Fremantle in 2016, is the internal candidate heading Geelong's shortlist with Hocking overseeing the succession plan before moving to AFL headquarters to take over as the league's football operations boss.

While Hocking's AFL predecessor Simon Lethlean has been linked with the Cats football role, it is understood Geelong did not have him on the shortlist, with Lethlean more likely to move into a club chief executive's role.

As reported by Fairfax Media last month, Lethlean is a strong chance to replace Gary Pert in the top job at Collingwood. His name has also emerged in the past week in connection with the chief executive role at the Western Bulldogs after the resignation of Gary Kent, the third club chief in three years to leave Whitten Oval.

Lloyd, the brother of former Essendon captain Matthew Lloyd, worked in a series of football roles at the Dockers for three years before taking over as director of coaching at Geelong two seasons ago.

Another brother, Brad, is Fremantle's list manager.

Should he be promoted - as expected - the Cats will further reshuffle their football department.

Lloyd's name has been linked in the past with senior coaching vacancies but he is not a candidate for the Gold Coast role.

With some disquiet among football circles over the Suns' search for Rodney Eade's replacement, which is taking place in conjunction with the finals series, it has also emerged that clubs were given the opportunity less than two years ago to approve an anti-tampering rule but rejected it.

Mark Evans, then the AFL football boss, put forward a proposal from the coaches' association that would have allowed informal interviews with coaching candidates during the bye round.

But it would have prevented assistant coaches whose teams were competing in finals from presenting for senior roles until their September campaigns were complete.

However, club chiefs rejected it despite the coaches' push and despite examples of significant disruptions to previous finals campaigns involving assistant coaches moving into senior roles during September.

Evans, now the CEO at the Suns, wants Sydney assistant Stuart Dew to present for the Gold Coast job in the coming week regardless of whether the Swans remain in contention.

Sydney football boss Tom Harley has given Dew his blessing despite his preference that the Suns wait until after the Sydney campaign has completed.

This story Lloyd firms up as top fancy for Cats role first appeared on Brisbane Times.