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Alastair Clarkson is open to return to coaching but insisted he would make his AFL comeback only if he felt he could lead a club to win a flag.
Clarkson's 17-season spell with Hawthorn came to an end last year, but the 54-year-old said he 'wouldn't hesitate' to throw himself at the deep end of footy again.
Lance Cameron became the first casualty of the AFL coaching carousel this season, with the GWS announcing on Wednesday that he will depart the club after the clash against Carlton in Round 9.
Alastair Clarkson spent 17 seasons at Hawthorn before leaving the club in 2021
Clarkson has been linked with the Giants in the past, but insisted he would be open to coach any of the 18 teams should he return to the AFL.
'There's 18 teams - and hopefully pretty soon 19 teams in the competition that I wouldn't hesitate to coach,' the four-time premiership winner told Fox Footy AFL 360 on Thursday when asked whether he had considered returning to footy.
'I think every club in the competition, given the right personnel and the right playing group have got the capability of winning an AFL premiership.'
Clarkson hinted he would not necessarily return only if he was given the chance to coach one of the top sides in the competition, noting he won a flag after four years at Hawthorn, despite suggestions he could take him twice as long to rebuild the Hawks.
Clarkson led the Hawks to three premierships between 2008 and 2015
'I just look at some of these clubs in the competition and I think they need to quite clearly have a vision on where they want to go and what they want to do and get everyone on the bus. If you can do that, success can come a lot sooner than a lot of people think,' he said.
The former Hawks coach, however, made clear he would only return to coaching if he felt he could lead his next club to a premiership.
'I want to get back involved because I want to win it [the premiership],' he said
'If I didn't