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Michael Whiting  December 8, 2017 9:38 AM

  - Gold Coast Suns,Stuart Dew

Stuart Dew has made his first big change to Gold Coast training – and it's loud.  

The new coach has introduced rock 'n' roll and pop music (from The Offspring to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Billy Joel) to the SUNS' main training sessions each week.  

Dew began the practice two weeks ago and controlled the set list for two days before handing it over to the players "once they got a feel for it".

It's not the first time a club has undertaken the practice, with GWS the most recent example in the lead-up to its preliminary final against Richmond (trying to replicate the noise of a packed MCG) – but it's a rare practice on a daily basis.  

The SUNS have a couple of huge speakers set up next to their main training field that adjoins Metricon Stadium.  

Dew believes playing the music has a two-fold effect; putting the players in a good mood, and forcing them to use louder voices at training to simulate games.  

It's not the only change Dew has made in his first month at the SUNS, with the former Port Adelaide and Hawthorn premiership player also prioritising goalkicking.  

It's noticeable that at each Gold Coast session players are taking a number of set shots both midway through and at the end of each training run.  

They have competitions, where the winning team is often rewarded with an early finish.  

Dew said he would continue to make goalkicking a priority, even if it came at the expense of other elements of training.