Dew sets sights on finals
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew has every faith in his players and believes they are ready to move up a level in the 2021 AFL campaign.
The Suns have taken giant strides under the leadership of Dew, who won two premierships as a player, jumping from 18th on the ladder in 2019 to 14th in 2020.
Now the aim is to climb even higher in 2021 and Dew admits there is now a certain amount of pressure on the Suns that has not been there before.
However they are ready to embrace it and live up to new expectations.
"People would say what we've done is hard, but the next step is even harder," Dew told AFL.com.au.
"Plenty of teams have gone from a reset, rebuild, from 17th, 18th and got to somewhere around 14th, 13th or 12th and aren't able to take the next step, and we want to make sure we're not one of those teams and we push through that next step and start to impose ourselves on games.
"The feeling in general here is we really believe we can win every week. That has certainly shifted from hope that would have been there a couple of years ago."
The Suns have a young list packed with talent and Dew believes a place in the top eight this season is not beyond the realms of possibility.
"We certainly would love to be knocking on the door (of finals) and putting ourselves in a position," he added. "It's really hard to predict. You can win 12 games and finish 12th.
"In terms of finals you probably take a breath at the middle part of the year and see where you're at."
The Suns are priced at 60/1 to win the NRL grand final.
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