Three-time premiership coach Mick Malthouse claims he is unlikely to ever work

full-time at an AFL club again, but says he would be open to the idea of

working with Australia’s national cricket side as a consultant.

Collingwood’s

38-point grand final loss to Geelong last week marked the end of

Malthouse’s distinguished 664-game coaching career, which yielded two

flags with West Coast and one more with the Magpies.

The

58-year-old has all but ruled out a return to coaching in the future,

and said even a less hands-on role at a football club wouldn’t appeal to

him if it’s full-time.

But with Cricket Australia currently

revamping their coaching structure in the wake of the Argus Report,

Malthouse said he would consider taking up a part-time consultancy

position with them if it was deemed a good fit by both parties.

“I’d

love that. I don’t know whether it would be on the agenda (but) it

would certainly be something I would consider,” Malthouse said in Perth while launching his new book, The Ox is Slow but the Earth is

Patient.

“I certainly won’t be involved in a football club. I see that chapter’s finished right now.

“Put it this way, I don’t see myself doing one particular thing only.

“I

need a range of things to get my teeth into. I don’t think I could go

cold turkey on work ethic. I need to keep involved and keep myself busy.

“Over

the next month I’ll take a deep breath and weigh up a few things that

have been put in front of me at the moment … and I’ll see what’s best

for the family and what I’m capable of doing.”

Malthouse also nominated his decision to drop Mitchell

White from West Coast’s 1994 premiership-winning side as one of his

greatest football regrets.

White missed four weeks with a groin

injury before making it back for the ’94 preliminary final win over

Melbourne, where he tallied just eight possessions and failed to kick a

goal.

With key defender Ashley McIntosh an automatic inclusion

for the grand final after missing the previous week, Malthouse made the

tough call to axe White instead of a “young player” who was also on

shaky ground.

Malthouse refused to say who he should have dropped instead of White.

But

there’s a fair chance he was referring to Shane Bond, who was just 19

at the time and tallied only nine possessions in the preliminary final

before booting two goals from five touches in the grand final.

West Coast defeated Geelong in the grand final by 80 points.

“On

reflection, and one of my great regrets, is that I wish I had have

played Mitchell White in the 1994 grand final,” Malthouse said.

“Would it have made any difference? Probably not. But in my mind he should have played.

“I didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to make that decision as I should have.

“We

had a young player who had played OK. (He was) carried along by a very

good football side (and I stuck with him for the grand final).”