There has been much speculation recently linking former Tiger coach Damien Hardwick to Gold Coast. Just after Round 23 concluded, the Suns made it official. Hardwick has been signed as the new senior coach for the next six years. Hardwick, 51, coached the Tigers in 307 games and took them to premierships in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Gold Coast chairman Bob East was thrilled to make the announcement, “It is with great excitement that we welcome Damien... We have been unequivocal in our desire to deliver success for our football club, for our loyal and growing group of members and fans, and to the wider Gold Coast community. This appointment is clearly a significant step in that direction. When we began the process ... it was quickly apparent Damien was the best candidate available ... We have high expectations ... and firmly believe Damien can deliver on these ...".