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Joint Statement: GC SUNS/Brisbane Lions

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09:  Steven May and Pearce Hanley of the Suns run out for warm up before the JLTR Community Series AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on March 9, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions Football Club wish to advise that Pearce and Cian Hanley will return to Ireland to deal with a private family matter.

The SUNS and Lions will provide all the support the family needs during this challenging time.

Both clubs ask that the media respect the privacy of the players and the Hanley family at this time.