Gold Coast are eyeing former Geelong captain and current Western Bulldogs assistant coach Steven King to provide further support for senior coach Stuart Dew.
Sources familiar with the situation confirmed the Suns had interest in luring the former All-Australian ruckman to Queensland to be part of Dew’s coaching panel in 2022.
King, 42, is currently in Western Australia preparing for the grand final with the Bulldogs, where he has been a coach for 10 years. He has served as Luke Beveridge’s senior assistant and as both defensive and midfield coach as well.
The Suns have been keen to bolster their coaching panel to help Dew, whose contract expires at the end of 2022.
Gold Coast last week unveiled former Richmond captain Wayne Campbell as their new head of football, replacing Jon Haines.
King played 240 AFL games – 193 for Geelong and 47 for St Kilda – and was named an All-Australian in 2000. He skippered the Cats before being replaced and was called into the Geelong side for the 2007 grand final, becoming an AFL premiership player in his last match for the Cats before being traded to the Saints.
King would subsequently play in a losing grand final team for St Kilda against his former side in 2009.
He has completed the prestigious level four AFL coaching program, placing him in rare company among the AFL’s band of assistant coaches.
The Suns have a coaching vacancy following the departure of midfield coach Josh Francou, who has returned to South Australia for family reasons.
King is the longest-serving member of the Dogs’ coaching staff, which also includes Ashley Hansen, Jamie Maddocks, Rohan Smith and Travis Varcoe.