PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Gary Ablett of the Suns looks to avoid being tackled by Jamie Cripps of the Eagles during the round 10 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns at Domain Stadium on May 29, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says his Suns can still reach the finals in 2016, despite losing their last seven games to sit in 15th position on the ladder.

The Suns suffered another thumping loss on Sunday, this time to West Coast in Perth, going down by 77-points.

Gold Coast won the opening three games of the season, before losing the next seven to be 3-7 after the first 10 rounds.

However, Eade says it’s not season over just yet.

“I think we can certainly help shape the eight and that might mean that we might be able to push for it,” he said.

“We look forward to the challenge of the teams we play and get as many wins as we can and that’s what we want to be able to do.”

The side has been decimated with injuries, as was the case last season, raising concerns over the club’s fitness program. But Eade says he will continue to focus on an attacking style of plan to develop the side, regardless of the mounting injuries.

“I think at times today our ball movement was quite pleasing. We just didn’t kick goals,” Eade said.

“I don’t really want to take that away from players … I would rather them to be able to draw on some positive bits of play and be able to attack rather than go back in their shell.

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“And if that means it (the margin) goes over a bit (then so be it). Lose by 10 goals or lose by 15 goals, it’s the same.”


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