Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe has given senior-coach-in-waiting Justin Longmuir a glowing endorsement.
Longmuir is one of the frontrunners to land the senior coaching role at Fremantle and is regarded as one of the competition’s best assistant coaches.
Specialising in backline and team defence, the former Docker was a key figure in the Magpies’ rise from 13th in 2017 to a Grand Final the following year
Howe has built a good rapport with Longmuir since he arrived at the Holden Centre as part of a major coaching shake-up in 2017.
“For us, he is really personable. He’s heavily invested in the mental side of the game and making sure that you’re mentally prepared more than anything,” Howe told SEN Breakfast.
“As a team, we’ve been able to nullify teams to really low scores pretty consistently throughout the year. I think we’ve only had 100 points kicked against us once.
“He’s got a real good eye for the game. He sees it well whether it’s forward, mid or back, so he’s got his head switched on which is really good for us.
“As a bloke, I think he’s been great, I get along with him super well; relationship is really good, I don’t have anything bad to say about him. We’ve been grateful to have him for the last couple of years.”
Longmuir and Peter Sumich have been mooted as the two leading candidates for the vacant Fremantle position.
The 38-year-old booted 166 goals in 139 games for Freo between 1999 and 2007.
Listen to Jeremy Howe’s chat on SEN’s Breakfast in the player below