Barry Hall is excited by the prospect of working with the Suns.
Barry Hall is excited by the prospect of working with the Suns. Michael Dodge

Hall reunited with Eade at Gold Coast Suns

AFL: Rodney Eade and Barry Hall will renew their football relationship at the Gold Coast.

Eade has enticed his former power forward, who he coached at Sydney and then the Bulldogs, north to take on a specialist coaching role with the Suns.

The 39-year-old will, in particular, work with the club's key position stocks, including captains-in-waiting Tom Lynch and Steven May, as well as Peter Wright, Rory Thompson and Sam Day.

"Geez, there's a lot of talent to work with so we're pretty blessed in that area,'' the 289-gamer said.

"If we can keep some of the players out of the physio rooms and doctors rooms I think the talent is here to really gain some ground and have an impact next season.

"It is exciting for me, the spine is a really good spine and that is the first thing you look at on a footy team.''

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15:  Barry Hall of the Bulldogs is spoken to by Rodney Eade, coach of the Bulldogs, during the round eight AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval on May 15, 2010 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Barry Hall talks with Rodney Eade during their Bulldogs days. Ryan Pierse

Senior coach Eade was the man to prize Hall out of St Kilda in 2001 and join the Swans. Hall eventually led them to the 2005 flag as captain under Eade successor Paul Roos.

Eade and Hall combined again at the Bulldogs in 2010-11, when the champion goalkicker took many of the younger players at Whitten Oval under his wing in the twilight of his career.

"Barry's personality is contrary to what we saw on the field at times,'' he said. "He is a very engaging guy who is prepared to work with younger players.

"When I was at the Bulldogs he was fantastic with their young forwards. And people gravitate to him because he has that personality.''

Eade said a new skipper would be named before Christmas after Gary Ablett's decision to step down last week, with Lynch and May the obvious frontrunners.

The coach wouldn't discount the pair being appointed as co-captains.

"I've always been one that hasn't been sold on the idea to be honest,” Eade said. "Maybe I'm old-school.

"But it has been successful at Sydney, GWS have got it at the moment, so it's something that has been discussed and talked about internally.”