The Gold Coast Suns have confirmed coach Guy McKenna has re-signed for another AFL season.
Following news that Suns superstar Gary Ablett was keen to begin extension talks, Gold Coast announced on Tuesday that McKenna would remain at the helm in 2015.
Suns chief executive Travis Auld confirmed the foundation coach’s tenure would move into a fifth season.
“During our establishment years, the role of senior coach hasn’t been easy and Guy has done everything possible to ensure our players, coaches and the club prosper in the future, and we are now starting to see this come to fruition,” Auld said.
“We believe in stability. Internally, we’re very clear about where we’re at and what we need to achieve going forward.
“Extending Guy’s contract now gives us the best chance to reach those targets.”
It is believed the club will take another look at where the club is heading under McKenna after the 2015 season.
The Suns managed just six wins in their first two seasons but have been tipped to make the finals this season after notching eight victories in 2013.
“I’m really pleased that the club has continued to show faith in me and the overall direction of the football department,” said McKenna, who joined the GC 17 bid team in 2008 before coaching the Suns in their inaugural AFL season in 2011.
The news came after Ablett – who has two years left on his current five-year contract – revealed he wanted to start talks on a longer deal.
Gold Coast downed Richmond in last weekend’s season opener, ensuring they have won nine of their last 14 home games.