Priority pick won't solve Suns woes: Dew

Stuart Dew's Suns remain rooted to the bottom of the AFL table after their 12th defeat in a row.
Stuart Dew's Suns remain rooted to the bottom of the AFL table after their 12th defeat in a row.

Gold Coast may formally apply to the AFL for a priority draft pick but Suns coach Stuart Dew has dismissed any suggestion that would be the magic bullet for the club's woes.

The Suns backed up their 92-point hiding by Richmond last weekend with a 95-point shellacking by Adelaide on Saturday.

The loss to the Crows is the Suns' 12th defeat in a row and leaves the club firmly rooted to the bottom of the AFL ladder.

Since joining the league in 2011, a 12th-place finish in 2014 remains as close as the Suns have ever got to a finals appearance.

Earlier this week Suns' chairman Tony Cochrane said the club would be formally applying for a priority draft pick to strengthen its list.

Dew won't be relying on a talented 18-year-old to be the club's saviour, however.

"It's not the answer," he said.

"That's an ongoing process, but the priority pick is not the answer, flat out.

"Like every other club you've got to work as hard as you can, you've got to improve your list through draft and trade, that's the answer.

"By and large through the season we've shown development and improvement.

"The challenge is to not let these two weeks define us."

The Suns began the year talking about new beginnings but instead find themselves in danger of plumbing new depths with most of their inaugural list compiled through draft concessions long since departed.

Dew himself knows how his team finishes their campaign will be a crucial factor in determining the long-term relevance of an expansion club in danger of becoming an irrelevance.

"The first 15 weeks as a footy club, on-field we made gains and started to stand for something ... the last two weeks we've certainly lost our way," he said.

"We've got to get back to work, simple as that."

Australian Associated Press