Adam Simpson has acted quickly to end speculation about his future.
The West Coast coach has been closely linked to North Melbourne’s role since it became vacant following the resignation of David Noble earlier this week.
Simpson has strong ties to the Kangaroos after winning two premierships in a 306-game career and with the Eagles coming out of the finals this year, the perfect storm has sprung up.
However, the 2018 Premiership coach, who has a contract with the Eagles until 2024, has no interest in returning to Arden Street anytime soon.
Simpsons insists his focus is solely on the Eagles, admitting he hasn’t “cared the thought” of wearing the royal blue and white stripes.
“I’ve been here for nine years and I’m as invested as I’ve ever been,” he told reporters.
“I just haven’t entertained the thought. They’re obviously having some issues right now and it’s been there for a few years, but my life isn’t about that.
“I have a few friends in mind who are there, but other than that I’m working through here.
“I am fully invested in what we do. I haven’t spoken to North in a long time.”
Asked if de Roos, or former teammates have called him about the role, he said: “No.
‘I didn’t think it wouldn’t be necessary after today.
“Conversations with friends are conversations, but nothing formal and nothing informal (happened). It has all been above board and respectful.
“Just because there’s a change in the story in North doesn’t change mine.”
The Eagles travel to Melbourne this weekend to face Hawthorn in the MCG on Sunday.
De Roos, with VFL coach Leigh Adams on the hot seat, meets Richmond at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
The two clubs are 17th and 18th respectively on the ladder.