Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane has declared that the Suns will no longer play AFL matches in China.
Having tackled Port Adelaide in Shanghai twice over the past couple of seasons, Cochrane revealed at the club’s best and fairest that the 2018 tour would be their final one.
“(2018) was our last foray to China,” Cochrane said, as reported by the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“The board have decided that to give the playing group every possible chance in the future that the trip is too onerous and too difficult.
“We have stepped away from repeating the trip again to China and we will leave the Port Adelaide chairman (David Koch) to argue with someone else about the colour of their jumper.”
Port Adelaide won both clashes in Shanghai, while the Suns lost their following seven games after returning from this year’s contest.
The games have struggled to generate interest or crowd involvement in China, and it is currently unknown if the Power will seek out a new opponent to take overseas.
“The Commonwealth Games caused us many challenges. It made us a few bucks too,” Cochrane added.
“We might have been kicked out of Metricon (Stadium) and our (training and administration) centre and we might have travelled nearly 50,000km in 10 weeks.
“But you had to be impressed off the field with the attitude, the no complaints and the go and get on with it approach that all our players and staff had.”