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Five in line for talent school
Chris Waterman. Pic: WA News

Former West Coast premiership defender Chris Waterman and outgoing Carlton assistant coach Mark Riley will be among a large group of experienced coaches approached to become the WAFL Talent Academy coaching chairman following a review of the development system on Monday night.

With AFL recruiters blaming budget and staffing cuts for the lack of development of some of the State's most promising draft prospects this year, the WAFC review decided to appoint someone to a role similar to the job filled by ex-Eagles assistant Rob Wiley from 2007-2010.

Waterman worked as an assistant coach at Fremantle and West Coast before coaching Peel and Subiaco, while Riley has served in coaching roles at Claremont, Fremantle, Melbourne and Carlton.

Former AFL assistant and WAFL senior coaches Darren Harris, Todd Curley and John Dimmer will also be approached.

One-time State under-18 coaches Brad Wira and Andrew Lockyer said it was crucial the best possible candidate was secured.

Wira said having a full-time coaching chairman was now a "non-negotiable" and Lockyer said such an appointment would improve far more than just the players in the academy.

"Rob's ability to help the colts coaches was outstanding," Lockyer said. "This year we had a lot of new coaches in the WAFL colts competition, so was there enough planning for them?"

The WAFL also will remove the maximum two-year term for State underage team coaches and allow them to be appointed on performance. That change won't prevent Michael Pratt from completing his two-year term as under-18 coach.

Wira, who coached Hale School to this season's Alcock Cup after completing his two-year stint in 2011, said using the State job to develop young coaches didn't give them the best chance to succeed.

"The two years was too short. Until you sit in the chair, you don't understand," Wira said.

"It's not a pathway for coaches."

Lockyer, who left coaching to work in Collingwood's recruiting department after his two years finished, confirmed that AFL recruiters had been disappointed by the lack of improvement from some of WA's most promising players.