Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has quashed speculation that his record breaking 715th game on Friday night will be his last as an AFL coach.
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The retirement rumours went into overdrive on Tuesday, but Malthouse says he has no intention of giving up coaching just yet.
“I’ll be coaching as long as I enjoy the game,” Malthouse told AFL.com.au.
Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs was seen to have let the cat out of the bag after comments made in the lead up to the Blues’ clash with arch-rivals Collingwood on Friday.
“He certainly doesn’t want to put the focus all on him, we’ve still got a job to do and we’ll be looking to get the four points,” he is quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.
“It will be good if we can and send him off … or send it off on a good note.
“I think that will be the most pleasing thing for the players and Mick if we can send him off with a win.”
After his comments sparked wild speculation Gibbs took to social media, saying: “Sometimes you have to sit back and laugh… #whocomesupwiththisstuff?”
Sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh… #whocomesupwiththisstuff
— Bryce Gibbs (@BGibbsy4) April 28, 2015
Following a morale-boosting win over St Kilda last week, the Blues will face a stern test against their old enemy at the MCG on Friday.
Collingwood will also head into the game with its tails up after an upset win over Essendon in the traditional ANZAC Day clash.