The Gold Coast Suns have reportedly made a formal approach to the current Port Adelaide coach, Ken Hinkley, to be their new head coach.
Suns CEO Mark Evans spent this week in Melbourne and the Age reports he contacted Hinkley’s manager to see if he’d consider a move back to the Gold Coast.
It’s understood Evans would be prepared to offer Hinkley a five-year deal as head coach.
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Hinkley’s manager Peter Blucher did not reject outright Mark Evans’ proposal to lure his client back to the Gold Coast, but hasn’t provided an answer.
However, Hinkley’s contract at Port Adelaide finishes at the end of 2018 and Chief Executive Keith Thomas told Fairfax Media on Monday he wanted to open contract extension talks.
Thomas added, if contacted by Evans, he would refuse him permission to approach Hinkley.
Hinkley initially joined the Suns in 2009 as an assistant under Guy McKenna, before leaving and taking the top job at Port in 2013.
He faces a tough choice in Adeliade, while Hinkley’s known for his close relationship with his players he also has a terse relationship with club chairman David Koch.
Just last week Mr Koch questioned the team selection after their heartbreaking extra-time loss to West Coast.
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