Stuart Dew climbs the AFL coaching mountain

The Suns have today unveiled their latest Senior Coach appointment as former Sydney Swans Senior Assistant, Stuart Dew.

Dew, a two-time premiership player with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, and premiership assistant coach with the Sydney Swans in 2012, takes the reigns of the struggling Queensland club.

Having started off as a Development Coach in 2010, Dew worked his way up the ranks, taking up an assistant role in 2012 before ultimately taking over the senior assistant role.

Dew, 38, said that he was looking forward to the opportunity.

“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to moving to the Gold Coast with my family and getting stuck into the challenge ahead,” Dew said.

“I would like to acknowledge the Sydney Swan’s for the development and experience they have given to me to help me secure this positon.

“In particular, I’d like to thank John Longmire, Tom Harley, Dean Moore and Andrew Ireland for the education and assistance that they have provided to me.

“I will move to the Gold Coast as soon as possible and I look forward to meeting our players and staff and working with them as we develop a clear pathway to future success for our fans in the coming years.”

“My experience tells me that the success we all crave comes on the back of genuine buy in and commitment from all and a sustained selfless team approach, that’s where I want to take the Gold Coast SUNS.

Chairman Tony Cochrane was delighted to have the former Swan on board as their new Senior Coach.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have signed Stuart Dew as our senior coach,” Cochrane said.

“Our Chief Executive, Mark Evans, ran a very thorough process to identify and secure the best person to take us forward.

“Stuart boasts the qualities required to be a successful coach and I am confident our team will grow with Stuart over the coming years.”

Stuart Dew certainly leaves the Swans in good stead, with the well wishes and congratulations of John Longmire.

“Stuart has been a tremendous asset to our football club and I’m thrilled to see him take the next step in his coaching career, I know he will embrace the challenge with the same enthusiasm he has brought to our club every day,” Longmire said.

“Over the journey, he’s established trusted relationships with players and staff right across the club.

“We would like to thank Stuart for his contribution to our team and we wish him, Sarah, Frankie and Jack all the very best for the future.”

Dew has long been sought after for various coaching roles, considered for Melbourne, Carlton, Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions.

It was only a matter of time before he would move on and further his career as a senior coach.

Best of luck Stuart, you've been a tremendous asset and faithful servant of the club.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia

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