Solomon yet to sign with Suns as uncertainty plagues club

Interim Gold Coast Suns coach Dean Solomon at a press conference.
Interim Gold Coast Suns coach Dean Solomon at a press conference. DAVE HUNT

DEAN Solomon has told the Gold Coast he does not want to be its next senior coach but the Suns are hopeful he will remain at the club next year.

Solomon chose not to apply for the position made vacant when Rodney Eade was sacked prior to the Q Clash and has yet to sign a new contract for next year.

However the Suns say they have reached a verbal agreement with the highly regarded former Essendon premiership player that he will be the senior assistant next year.

Solomon was unavailable for comment.

There is tension within the Suns coaching ranks and sections of the playing list over the club's refusal to provide certainty for next year.

Ashley Prescott is understood to be considering leaving football and returning to a teaching career while NEAFL coach Stephen Daniel has accepted the head coach position at NEAFL club Southport.

Andy Lovell has also explored other options.

The Suns say they have not received any advice from any of the coaches about their intentions and as far as they are aware all wish to continue in the job.

However the coaches are not compelled to reveal their intentions given the Suns' refusal to offer them the same courtesy and club insiders concede they don't know what the coaches are thinking.

The clean-out will also extend to the playing ranks with up to 10 players considered to be tradeable.

Trent McKenzie, Brandon Matera, Jesse Lonergan and Matt Shaw are some experienced senior players who are on the market.

Shaw met with Carlton this week.


Matt Shaw during a Gold Coast Suns training session at Metricon Stadium.
Matt Shaw during a Gold Coast Suns training session at Metricon Stadium. DAVE HUNT

Football manager Marcus Ashcroft said the club had not informed players they would be traded but confirmed they were not offered assurances at their exit interviews.

"We haven't been categorical either way, we need the coach to have a say in things," he said.

The Suns conducted their second day of interviews to find Rodney Eade's replacement in Melbourne on Thursday and expect to complete the first round by the end of Friday.

While the Gold Coast is in a state of flux, Brisbane has entered a period of stability.

The Lions have extended the contracts of four assistant coaches for a further two years.

Midfield coach Ben Hudson, defensive coach Murray Davis and Danny Daly, who is in charge of strategy, have all recommitted.

Former Cats premiership player Josh Hunt, who runs the academy, has also re-signed.

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