The Gold Coast SUNS have extended the contract of Senior Coach Stuart Dew for an additional two years.
Dew’s extension will see him remain as Senior Coach of the Gold Coast SUNS until at least the end of 2024.
“I’m immensely proud to coach the Gold Coast SUNS and I think with the help of some fantastic people around me we’ve laid some exciting foundations to build on in the coming years,” Dew said.
“We have had an unprecedented level of commitment, support and dedication from everyone involved to create a connection to a journey that people believed in. I love this club and the game, and it gives me all the love back.
“We want to be a club that our members and supporters can be proud of. The support we have received from our community has been nothing short of incredible and will always be valued by myself and the playing group.
“It’s our goal to chase down ‘firsts’ for this football club. A first AFL finals campaign, winning our first AFL final and of course chasing our first Premiership.
“The job is not done, and the best is yet to come.”
Dew is Gold Coast’s longest-serving coach and will coach his 100th AFL game in Round 18.
Since joining the club ahead of the 2018 season, Dew has been instrumental in helping to lead the club through a reset of the football program, to now be in a position where on-field, the team is contending for Finals.
Gold Coast SUNS Chairman Tony Cochrane said the club had been aligned in its ambition to see continual improvement and progression that is now clear for everyone to see.
“We’ve had real clarity from the start of this season on what our expectations were as a football club and our belief in our Senior Coach Stuart Dew,” Cochrane said.
“Stuey has worked tirelessly alongside a number of others to create an environment that sets our players, and this football club, up for success both on and off the field and we look forward to him taking us forward on that journey, as we continue to build a strong culture and a winning environment.”
Dew’s extension follows other key players this year including Touk Miller, Ben King, Jack Lukosius, Connor Budarick, Ben Ainsworth, Elijah Hollands and Mac Andrew.
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