GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 05: Senior Coach Stuart Dew and Chairman Tony Cochrane shake hands during a Gold Coast Suns AFL press conference at their training facility on October 5, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Outspoken Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane insists his club will be a part of the AFL for the foreseeable future, dismissing criticism from “Melboring”.

Speaking with Damian Barrett on the In The Game podcast, Cochrane was resolute in his belief that the Suns would continue to exist in 150 years time.

“I can absolutely say the club will reach 150 years,” Cochrane said.

Barrett suggested that view was not consistent with many others in the AFL, but Cochrane remained confident the Suns are building something special in Queensland.

“I think that’s alive and well in ‘Melboring’,” he added.

“I don’t really think that’s true. If you take an Australian view. The last time I looked it’s called the AFL, the ‘A’ stands for Australia and within Australia, Queensland’s a state.

“I don’t think that’s the view in the north at all. We’ve done a lot of really good things, we’ve built on a lot of terrific success.

“I’m not only talking about the job the Gold Coast Suns have done, I’m talking about the job the Brisbane Lions have done and in particular, the job AFLQ has done.

“The three of us working together and building a tremendous football legacy in that state.”

The Suns have never finished above 12th in their eight seasons in the competition and Stuart Dew’s side have won just three games in 2019 and are bottom of the ladder.