Gold Coast has appointed Stuart Dew as their new senior coach.
Dew beat out fellow contenders John Barker and Scott Burns for the role, which was vacated by sacked coach Rodney Eade two months ago.
The news was confirmed on Gold Coast's website on Thursday morning, after his appointment was reportedly confirmed at a board meeting on Wednesday night.
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to moving to the Gold Coast with my family and getting stuck into the challenge ahead,” he said on the club's website.
“I would like to acknowledge the Sydney Swans for the development and experience they have given to me to help me secure this position.
“In particular, I’d like to thank John Longmire, Tom Harley, Dean Moore and Andrew Ireland for the education and assistance that they have provided to me.
“I will move to the Gold Coast as soon as possible and I look forward to meeting our players and staff and working with them as we develop a clear pathway to future success for our fans in the coming years.”
“My experience tells me that the success we all crave comes on the back of genuine buy in and commitment from all and a sustained selfless team approach, that’s where I want to take the Gold Coast Suns."
Sydney coach John Longmire thanked Dew for his time at the Swans.
“Stuart has been a tremendous asset to our football club and I’m thrilled to see him take the next step in his coaching career, I know he will embrace the challenge with the same enthusiasm he has brought to our club every day,” he told sydneyswans.com.au.
“Over the journey, he’s established trusted relationships with players and staff right across the club.
“We would like to thank Stuart for his contribution to our team and we wish him, Sarah, Frankie and Jack all the very best for the future.”
Dew has a strong background ever since joining Sydney as a development coach in 2009.
He has risen up the ranks to become John Longmire's senior assistant and right-hand man in a sustained period of success for the Swans.
He has been linked to senior coaching roles in the past, admitting he was "very close" to joining Melbourne as the successor to Paul Roos and also reportedly refusing to break his contract to enter the Brisbane coaching race last year.
He is part of a small group of coaches to have completed the AFL's level four coaching course.
Dew played 206 games with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, winning premierships in 2004 and 2008.