Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans says the biggest challenge facing the club for the remainder of the season is capturing and displaying consistency on the field.
The SUNS have shown flashes of brilliance this season, highlighted by inspiring wins against Richmond and GWS, but have also had performances at the other end of the spectrum in recent weeks against top-four sides Brisbane and Melbourne.
Speaking on 3AW Sportsday, Evans said the club was committed to chasing that consistency to return to form.
“We’ve been working on some things as a club to try to get better consistency in performance,” Evans said.
“That started around about the mid part of the season and I think we’ve had some evidence that has worked in a couple of games.
“But over the last six quarters that hasn’t been there.
“We haven’t had an ability to stop teams mid-flight and there’s lots of different parts of that.
“We still have to deal with that as a club and you won’t see us sweep any of that under the carpet.”
Evans said the remaining three games were extremely important for the club to build a strong foundation for next season.
“Five weeks ago we were putting the challenge to everybody saying what do we want out of this season,” Evans said.
“We’ve had games or part-games where we show terrific promise and give people a glimpse of the future and everyone says it’s exciting and on the right track, but then we’ve had games or parts of games where it just doesn’t happen.
“I think that makes it harder to assess where you’re at but then tell the world what level of progress they can expect.
“It’s frustrating for us internally and I would imagine it’s frustrating for all the people watching.
“The challenge still remains with three games to go – what can we improve and how can we fill some of these gaps in the 12 quarters of footy that are left so that we’re not facing this again next year.”
The SUNS take on Carlton this weekend before facing Essendon and Sydney to close out the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.