Suns bring in Tippett

11 January 2021 19:06:50 GMTPlus11

Gold Coast Suns have drafted in former star Kurt Tippett to help coach the ruckmen and key forwards in the 2021 AFL campaign.

As the Suns returned to training for the first session since the Christmas break, Tippett was on hand after joining the coaching staff on a part-time basis.

Suns head coach Stuart Dew says he sounded out Tippett after bumping into the former Sydney and Adelaide forward recently, and was delighted when he agreed to jump on board.

"We've got some young developing key forwards and obviously I knew Kurt from my time in Sydney, and a couple of our coaches are from Adelaide," Dew said.

"He lives around the corner and I ran into him and asked if he's got a bit of spare time.

"Lucky for us he has and he's going to be involved in a small way but we think he's a great mentor for our young keys."

Tippett is the latest addition, following on from the arrival of former North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw, who will come in as the Suns' head of development.

Dew has welcomed his arrival and is delighted with the way his new look backroom team is taking shape ahead of the new season.

"When a person of that calibre becomes available, we were able to shuffle a few things around and make sure that we could get him on board," Dew said.

"He's a great resource for our young players and it'll be good for me too, he's got too much to offer to not be in the game."

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

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