19/04/2024

Gold Coast Stuart Dew has earned a contract extension until 2024. (Photo: AFL)

Enjoying their best season since 2014, the Gold Coast Suns have opted for stability in keeping coach Stuart Dew contracted until 2024.

Just two weeks away from his 100th game as coach of the Gold Coast Suns, Stuart Dew has earned a two-year contract extension. This will see him through to the end of 2024.

Already Gold Coast’s longest serving coach, the board and football department’s faith in the 42-year-old indicates a new era of stability in the AFL’s 17th club.

This year alone, the Suns have landed the signatures of Ben King (2024), Ned Moyle (2024), Ben Ainsworth (2024), Elijah Hollands (2024), Mac Andrew (2025), Connor Budarick (2025), Jack Lukosius (2026), and Touk Miller (2027).

All the key pieces are in place.

While the Suns have suffered two heartbreaking losses in their past two matches to Collingwood and Port Adelaide, all but guaranteeing they’ll miss finals, this season has seen yet another big step forward.

Sitting 7-8 after Round 16, this is the best position the club has been in since 2014, where it was 9-6 and a genuine finals threat. Compared to then however, the list Dew and his football department has built looked primed for future success.

“I’m excited and confident for what’s ahead of us,” Dew told reporters after signing the extension on Wednesday.

“Stability’s the key in any successful club, and with this decision, that’s what we’ve signed up for, the players have signed up for that. We want to be a successful footy club that can contend.

“We’ve all signed up, we’ve all committed, that’s on and off the field. It’s up to us to get the job done.”

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Across Dew’s time at the Suns, the list has seen a major turnover and a focus on bringing in and retaining talent.

Just 15 of the listed players in 2017, the year before Dew took over, still remain. Of the players taken in the national draft since then, none have requested trades elsewhere.

The culture that has been built and refined in that time at the Suns is one that has seen young players want to stay around and commit their futures to the club.

“Everyone’s committing to a team that doesn’t rely on one or two [players],” Dew continued.

“That’s so important. We no longer want to be a footy club that relies on one person off-field, like myself. I’ve got a team around me and I’m just lucky to be the face of that, and the team is no different.”

Perhaps the only flight-risk of Gold Coast’s young core who hasn’t yet signed a new deal is forward dynamo Izak Rankine. He comes out of contract at the end of this year.

Fresh off a new career-best 18 disposal and four goal game, the 22-year-old is reported to be closing in a new two-year extension.

With a fit Ben King and Jack Lukosius available for all of 2023, the sky is the limit for the Gold Coast Suns.

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