The Gold Coast SUNS are pleased to finalise its coaching group for 2019 with the appointments of Josh Francou and Andrew Swallow.

Francou will join the club as Head of Development & Integration and be responsible for overseeing coaching and development throughout the GC SUNS Academy, NEAFL & AFL programs.

General Manager Football Operations – Jon Haines, was delighted to welcome Francou, a coach with a wide range of experiences, to the SUNS.

“Josh is highly regarded across the AFL industry both for his playing career and coaching background,” Haines said.

“He brings to the club, an extensive coaching CV and his teaching background will be a great asset in the development of our playing group, along with supporting the integration of all aspects of the learning experience from Academy to the senior AFL program.

“We’re all excited that Josh, his wife Jo and three boys Will, Oli and Ben will be joining the Gold Coast SUNS in the coming months.”

Andrew joins younger brother David at the SUNS in a specialist coaching role, with an emphasis on stoppage craft and tackling.

Following his retirement from the North Melbourne Football Club at the end of the 2017 season, Swallow has shown an eagerness to help develop young talent and will join the club on a part time basis.

“Andrew is a terrific character who is going to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our playing group,” said Haines.

“We look forward to Andrew, Elise, Isabelle and Jude joining brother David and his young family at the club.”

The appointments of Francou & Swallow finalises a new look coaching structure for the club in 2019.

“The addition of Josh Drummond, Tate Kaesler, Tim Clarke, Josh Francou and Andrew Swallow provides us with an outstanding group of quality characters to complement Dean Solomon, Ash Prescott, Nick Malceski and Senior Coach, Stuart Dew as members of our coaching group for the 2019 AFL Season,” said Haines.

2019 GC SUNS Coaching Group

Senior Coach – Stuart Dew

Senior Assistant Coach – Dean Solomon

Forwards Coach – Ashley Prescott

Defensive Coach – Josh Drummond

Head of Development & Integration/Midfield Coach – Josh Francou

Development Coach/ NEAFL Senior Coach – Nick Malceski

Development Coach – Tate Kaesler

Development Coach – Tim Clarke

Specialist Coach – Andrew Swallow