The Gold Coast SUNS are delighted to announce that Steven King will join the club as Senior Assistant Coach from 2022.

King who has most recently held the role of Senior Assistant Coach at the Western Bulldogs, looking after the midfield and ruck groups, will join after ten seasons at Whitten Oval, which included the 2016 Premiership and Saturday’s 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

The former ruckman played 240 AFL games in his own right, across a 15-year playing career at both the Geelong Football Club and St Kilda Football Clubs.

King captained the Cats from 2003-06 and featured in their 2007 premiership side, he was also selected in the 2000 All Australian Team.

Gold Coast SUNS General Manager of Football Performance Wayne Campbell said that the club had conducted an exhaustive process as it looked to add talented coaches to its football program.

“We’ve said publicly that we want to continue to add to our football department to ensure we can provide our players and staff with the best possible chance for success and Steven definitely does that.” Campbell said.

“He has an extensive coaching background and we believe he can bring new elements to our young and exciting midfield group to help them reach new heights in 2022 and beyond.”

King and his family will move to the Gold Coast to join the club ahead of the 2022 pre-season commencing in November.