Former Fremantle defender Luke Webster is determined to follow in the footsteps of his father Ron, a successful football administrator before his untimely death in 2006.
He worked for East Perth, Claremont and the WA Amateur Football League.
Luke Webster began working in Fremantle's welfare department after retiring from the AFL, moved to Carlton as a development coach last year and will coach the club's VFL team, Northern Blues.
He said it was crucial to experience as many parts of a football club as possible if he wanted to have a career like his father's.
"I'm definitely keen to follow in those footsteps and run a football department," he said.
"Obviously dad was the general manager at East Perth for a number of years and was at Claremont too, and the amateurs as well.
"My ultimate goal is to be a football manager of a club, whether it's AFL, VFL or WAFL. Something which I'd spoken to a lot of people about was that I had to have coached my own team. I had to do the welfare stuff, which I've already done.
"This is another step to the footy manager's job."
Webster, 30, captained East Perth in the latter stages of his career.
He said coaching had never been an ambition but he enjoyed the job.
Webster said his early experiences had left him wondering whether he could spend more time coaching than he originally expected.
"This is whetting the appetite," he said.
"I've got time to get to the footy manager's role down the track. We haven't played a game yet, but I've really enjoyed coaching the boys so far.
"I'm looking forward to the season and the challenges that lie ahead."
Webster sat in Carlton's coaching box during last Sunday's NAB Cup matches against Greater Western Sydney and Sydney in Blacktown, but he doesn't have an official AFL game-day role.
He said watching Carlton coach Mick Malthouse working was the best way to learn.
"Mick said to me to come into the box whenever I want," Webster said.
"He's got a fair bit of experience and knows what he's doing.
"It was a good opportunity to learn from the best and see how he manages his assistant coaches, the game and what he talks about at the breaks."Hopefully I can take a few of those things and put them into place at the Northern Blues."
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