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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 February 2008, 17:31 GMT
Young hopeful of Johnson arrival
Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson is a widely respected coach
David Young admits there is "every likelihood" that Scott Johnson could join the Cardiff Blues coaching team.

Johnson was Australia's assistant coach at last year's World Cup but has been released by new coach Robbie Deans.

The former Wales coach is Young's number one target to replace Rob Howley when the Blues attack coach permanently joins the Wales set-up in the summer.

Blues coach Young admitted: "We've talked to Scott and there is every likelihood of him joining us."

Respected skills guru Johnson has been continually linked with jobs in Wales ever since he returned to his native Australia to become John Connolly's right-hand man in 2006.

606: DEBATE

The 44-year-old coach conceded in June last year that he would be interested in a coaching post at The Arms Park.

Johnson admitted that friend and Blues coach Young is "someone I will coach with in future, there's no doubt about it."

Johnson has now been released by the Australian Rugby Union following Connolly's sacking in the aftermath of the Wallabies' World Cup quarter-final exit.

Young is seeking a replacement for Howley, who is to join Wales coach Warren Gatland's backroom team permanently at the end of the season.

"Scott did have contractual issues to sort out with Australia but that has now been cleared up," Young added.

"We haven't put a formal offer to him but that is something we need to do within the next week or two.

"We must replace Rob and we'd love to have Scott but Scott being Scott will have a number of options and he must make a decision."

Johnson worked under three Welsh coaches before three games as caretaker chief during his five-year rollercoaster stay in Wales.

He arrived as Graham Henry's skills supremo in 2001 and played a major role as Mike Ruddock's attack coach in Wales' first Grand Slam for 27 years in 2005.

Johnson then took over the national side when Mike Ruddock left halfway through the 2006 Six Nations tournament.

Johnson demands huge respect worldwide and Young admits: "Scott is a quality coach and we want to bring quality into our environment.

"He would be a very positive addition and Scott knows that we're really interested in him.

"If Scott feels that we're the right option then great, if not we'll have to look at other options."

But former Wales and Cardiff winger Adrian Hadley warned: "I spoke to people when Scott was involved with Wales who weren't keen on the guy.

"But Dai Young must be comfortable with any coaching relationship and he and Scott do get on well."

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