Shaw takes Suns coaching role

05 January 2021 20:41:40 GMTPlus11

Gold Coast Suns have drafted in former North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw, who has taken on a development role with the club.

Shaw, who still had two years to run on a three-year deal with the Kangaroos, stepped away from the AFL in October of last year so he could deal with personal issues.

The 39-year-old's contract was terminated by mutual consent and North have since gone on to appoint David Noble as their new head coach.

Shaw is also moving on and his return to the game is good news for all.

He will now play a key role with the Suns, helping to develop players such as Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, and he cannot wait to get started.

"I am really excited to join the Suns and to play a role in developing the group, both from an on-field and off-field perspective," Shaw said in a club statement.

"It's a great opportunity for me and my family to experience a new city and a new role at a club that is clearly heading in the right direction and I am looking forward to the challenge.

"I've got a great relationship with Stuey (Dew) and I am excited about joining him and the rest of the coaching panel next year and seeing what we can all achieve as a club."

Suns football operations manager Jon Haines has also saluted the move.

"Rhyce is an experienced, well-respected coach who is widely regarded across the AFL industry as a wonderful developer of young men and young players," Haines said.

"We are committed to continually enhancing our development model and Rhyce has all the attributes, skills and personality to lead a program that will help to get the very best out of our playing group."

The Suns are priced at 60/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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