Former Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus will join Gold Coast.

Former Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus will join Gold Coast. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

UPDATE: Former Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus has been announced as Gold Coast's new assistant coach today.

Primus, who was sacked by Port with four games remaining in the season, will become the expansion club's new midfield coach, as reported earlier today by The Age.

In a surprise development, the Suns have opted to bring in Primus, in part to work with their large contingent of ruckmen. They spoke to former Carlton coach Brett Ratten about the role, but had already been in discussions with Primus.

In effect, Primus replaces Shane O'Bree, the former Collingwood player, who is heading back to Melbourne for family reasons.

Primus adds experience to a Suns' coaching panel headed by Guy McKenna, with the highly regarded former Geelong premiership assistant Ken Hinkley the other seasoned figure.

Primus was sacked by Port Adelaide following the Power's embarrassing loss to Greater Western Sydney in round 19. He had coached the Power for 47 games, after taking over as caretaker coach from Mark Williams with seven rounds left in the 2010 season.

"He brings considerable experience and we believe he has a significant amount to offer our club," Gold Coast football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft said in a club statement.

"Matthew's ability to educate and develop our ruckmen and key position players, as well as working with our midfield group ensures our playing group will benefit from the best possible tuition as we continue to develop our list."