LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Brad Scott, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos looks on during the 2017 AFL round 21 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the University of Tasmania Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has been backed in to unbelievable odds for the vacant Gold Coast Suns coaching position.

Following the announcement of Rodney Eade’s sacking last week, odds maker Sportsbet opened a market for the head coaching job on the Gold Coast with Carlton assistant John Barker the clear favourite.

Scott opened at a generous price of $41, but has since come in to $1.60.

Barker is now second favourite with the bookie at $7.

Off-field troubles aside, the Suns have a promiment list, with the potential to be a finals contender for the foreseeable future, which makes it an attractive destination for a coach.

The club has arguably two of the best bookends in the competition on their list in the form of co-captains Steven May and Tom Lynch and possess talented youngsters such as Jack Martin, Touk Miller, David Swallow and Aaron Hall.

Whether or not Scott is the right man for the job remains to be seen, with some experts believing the Suns need a breath of fresh air into their system to see them progress up the AFL ladder.


With all of the Suns’ assistant coaches out of contract at the end of this season, there could be some wholesale changes at the struggling club in 2018.

Despite the constant rumours surrounding his future, Scott has publicly denied links to rivals clubs in recent weeks.

See all the odds for Sportsbet’s market for the next Gold Coast Suns coach here