Former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has emerged as a frontrunner for the vacant Collingwood coaching job, according to veteran football journalist Caroline Wilson.

Wilson told Channel 9’s Footy Classified on Wednesday night that the Magpies have made contact with Scott’s manager Craig Kelly.

Scott is currently the head of AFL Victoria and is seen as the likely replacement for Steve Hocking as the league’s football operations boss.

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But the two-time Brisbane premiership player, and former Collingwood assistant coach, apparently still has the coaching itch, and has a big decision to make about his future.

Brad Scott coached his last AFL game for North Melbourne in 2019 (AAP Image/Hamish Blair)Source: AAP

“Brad Scott has to make up his mind, I guess, (about) which job he’s going to go for,” Wilson said.

“I’m hearing from people at the AFL that perhaps Brad hasn’t lost the hunger to coach and that there is every chance that he will put himself into the process at the Collingwood Football Club.

“And if he does I reckon he would be a very good chance to get that job.

“He enjoyed working at Collingwood, he loved working under Mick Malthouse, he’s got a great relationship with the footy club, he doesn’t have the doubts about the club and all the issues that are going there that others have, so it’s going to be intriguing to see what he chooses to do.

“I don’t know if Brad has been spoken to but I know the club have said they want to talk to Brad Scott.”

Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire added: “He’s very well respected at Collingwood from his time back there in 2009.”

The news comes as Richmond assistant coach Adam Kingsley throws his hat into the ring for the Magpies top job as well.

According to Herald Sun footy writer Michael Warner, Kingsley has impressed the Magpies in their preliminary discussions.

He joins a high-profile list of candidates that Collingwood are considering to replace Nathan Buckley, which also includes Mark Williams, Don Pyke and Michael Voss.