Matthew Primus
Matthew Primus

Former Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus has joined Gold Coast as an assistant ahead of the 2013 season.

Primus, who was sacked by the Power midway through his second year in charge, will primarily focus on the Suns' midfield.

The 37-year-old will officially join the Suns prior to their altitude training camp in Arizona on October 28.

"We are thrilled to confirm that Matthew has accepted an assistant coaching role. He brings considerable experience and we believe he has a significant amount to offer our club," Gold Coast General Manager of Football Operations Marcus Ashcroft said.

"Matthew's ability to educate and develop our ruckmen and key position players, as well as working with our midfield group ensures our playing group will benefit from the best possible tuition as we continue to develop our list."

The appointment of Primus follows the recent recruits of former Adelaide high performance manager Stephen Schwerdt and former Geelong conditioning front man Paul Haines.

Ashcroft said the additions to the coaching staff was a clear sign that the Suns are heading in the right direction.

"The recent appointments of both Stephen Schwerdt and Paul Haines, along with today's announcement that Matthew will also join the Gold Coast Suns demonstrates that as we transition from establishing our club into a high performing football team, we will ensure our players are provided with the best people and programs available," he said.

Former Collingwood player Shane O'Bree, who has been the midfield coach for the past two season, is leaving the club to return to Melbourne.


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