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Optomo Injury Report: Round 23

A number of SUNS are listed as a test ahead of Round 23.

5:22pm  Aug 23, 2017

Two SUNS in 22Under22 squad

Two Gold Coast players have earned selection in the AFLPA's 22under22 squad for 2017.

2:16pm  Aug 23, 2017

Match preview: Port Adelaide v Gold Coast

AFL.com.au previews our upcoming Round 23 match against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

10:04am  Aug 23, 2017

We'll keep the message simple: Solomon

Michael Whiting  August 10, 2017 3:31 PM

SUNS TV: Solomon Presser Interim senior coach Dean Solomon speaks to the media for the first time.
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Dean Solomon will make some tweaks to Gold Coast's style over the final three weeks, but says his instructions will be simple – be harder at the ball, and be hungrier without it.

Speaking at his first media conference as interim coach, Solomon said his main focus over the first 48 hours had been on creating the best environment for the players.

On the field, he said the SUNS had been a bit easy to play against at times, and agreed they had to be more physical.

"That's the basics of footy, the foundation of a really good side," he said

"We need to be more consistent around our contest work, and we need to have a real strong appetite to get the ball back off the opposition.

"That's going to be our simple and key focus, and the players are all for that.

"When we lose the contest and the opposition have the ball, you look at our tackling numbers and they're right down, and that tells us we don't have the appetite in tight, and when the opposition have the ball on the outside, our team defence is quite inconsistent at the moment.

"We're just looking to tighten that up.

"We know we can't change it all in three weeks, but we're drawing a lot of attention to that more so than the offensive side of the game."

Solomon has been at the SUNS since the club's inception, spending seven years as an assistant coach.

He said the news of Eade's sacking was a "shock" but he felt in a good position to take the reins for three matches with Matthew Primus, Andy Lovell and Ash Prescott alongside him.