Suns coach Hardwick keeps door open on Dusty reunion

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In short:

Damien Hardwick has refused to rule out the prospect of the Suns recruiting Dustin Martin.

Martin’s contract with the Tigers expires at the end of the season.

What’s next?

Hardwick says the Suns will assess their recruitment plans at the end of the season.

Gold Coast coach Damien Hardwick admits the Suns would “be crazy” not to consider recruiting off-contract Richmond star Dustin Martin.

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Three-time Norm Smith medallist Martin was the first player drafted at Richmond during Hardwick’s 14-year coaching tenure that netted three late premierships.

Martin is in the final year of his contract and the suggestion of a move north has lingered ever since Hardwick took over as Suns coach from the axed Stuart Dew this season.

Hardwick did little to dampen the prospects of Martin’s arrival next season when asked at a media conference on Wednesday.

“Dustin’s a contracted player at Richmond. That’s obviously for Dustin to decide and Richmond to work their way through,” he said.

“He’s a really, really good player, there’s no doubt about that, and every single club would be crazy if they didn’t sit there and at some stage make an assessment.

“Like 17 other clubs, we’re always looking for good players.

“Gold Coast is no different. Those list management calls will get made at the back-end of the year.”

The Suns have an 8-7 win-loss record to sit in 11th place on the ladder, two points outside the top eight.

They are chasing their first away win of the season against North Melbourne this Saturday at Docklands.

AAP

Posted 4h ago4 hours agoWed 3 Jul 2024 at 5:23am, updated 3h ago3 hours agoWed 3 Jul 2024 at 6:22am