Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew has signed a two-year extension with the club after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the signing earlier this year.
Dew joined the club in 2018 on a three-year deal and is now locked in for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be able to lead this team. I love the club and the playing group and want to be a part of writing our own history,” Dew said.
“We have worked extremely hard over the past few years and hopefully our loyal members are starting to see that come to life both on and off field. We have high expectations for this group – and there is still a lot of hard work to do – but we are heading in the right direction.”
The 40-year-old was set to sign the deal heading into the 2020 season, but the uncertainty of the pandemic saw the contract finalisation delayed.
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew. Jono Searle/AFL Photos via Getty Images
It’s positive news for the club, which has enjoyed a rise in 2020 but has yet to win a Premiership in their 18-year history.
“We know that we have the right coach to lead this club to our first finals campaign and a Premiership,” Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane said in a statement.
“He has done a fantastic job during a challenging first two years and everyone can see we are writing our own history and are playing exciting, hard-running footy.
“I always say that great footy clubs are all about great people and we have a rock solid standout in Stuart Dew.
“He has accepted the challenge of making this club great and the players, staff, supporters and corporate partners are right behind him.”
The Suns were on a three match win streak since season restart but have since succumbed to two losses on the trot. They will face the Sydney Swans in Sydney on Saturday.