Former Melbourne and West Coast player Andy Lovell has taken the last assistant coaching position at the Gold Coast Suns.
The Gold Coast Suns has pulled off the biggest recruiting coup yet with the signing of Geelong star Gary Ablett Jr. It is believed that the Suns, who knew Ablett would be out of contract at the end of this season, have been chasing him since last December.
Hawthorn's Campbell Brown has become the latest defection to the Gold Coast. Brown, 27, has signed a three year contract and will begin preseason training with the Suns in November. There was speculation in the media that Brown left Hawthorn as a result of being put up as a possible trade last season.
Midfielder Michael Rischitelli has quit the Brisbane Lions to sign on with the Gold Coast. He informed Brisbane shortly after Round 22 and just days before the club held their awards function, at which he was named club best and fairest.
Several weeks ago, Adelaide defender Nathan Bock informed club officials that he was defecting to the Gold Coast (see www.afana.com/drupal5/news/2010/08/18/crow_flies_nest-2229). As a result, he will be teammates in the backline with former opponent Port Adelaide's Nathan Krakouer who has also signed a three year deal with the new expansion team.