Ashcroft to be victim of Suns cleanout

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Western Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney has emerged as a target for a senior football department position with the Suns.

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The clean-out at Gold Coast will be completed this week with out-of-contract assistant coach Ashley Prescott set to survive the football department review.

However fellow coaches Matthew Primus and Matthew Lappin are unlikely to be offered new deals while the future of Andy Lovell is unclear.

Interim Gold Coast coach Dean Solomon talks to his players. Picture: Sarah Reed

Interim Gold Coast coach Dean Solomon talks to his players. Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia

Stephen Daniel has already left to take up the senior coaching position at Southport.

Primus was new Suns’ coach Stuart Dew’s captain at Port Adelaide but that link has not assured his tenure on the Coast.

He has been linked to North Melbourne.

Gold Coast were desperate to retain Solomon, who coached the side for three matches after Rodney Eade was sacked in August.

Although he expressed a desire to stay he did not sign a new deal until he saw who was appointed to replace Eade.

Gold Coast footballer manager Marcus Ashcroft could be a part of the club’s off-field shake-up. Picture: David Clark

Gold Coast footballer manager Marcus Ashcroft could be a part of the club’s off-field shake-up. Picture: David ClarkSource:News Corp Australia

He is overseas on holiday but has been in contact with Dew and is happy to accept a new three-year deal.

Gold Coast’s official position is that discussions with Ashcroft, a Queensland football icon, over his future are ongoing.

But insiders at the club say an exit has already been negotiated that will see him depart at the end of the trade period.

His AFL playing career started with the Carrara based Bears and he went on to play 318 games for the Bears-Lions.

He was a key member of the Lions’ triple premiership successes between 2001-03.

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