GOLD Coast looks to have won the battle to secure the services of Brett Kirk, who is expected to join the Suns as an assistant coach.
The former Sydney captain, who also attracted interest from Greater Western Sydney, met the Suns several weeks ago before the recently completed International Cup competition.
Kirk has spent his first post-retirement season working as the AFL's international ambassador.
Gold Coast chief executive Travis Auld confirmed the club had spoken with Kirk.
"Nothing has been officially agreed to but we've told Brett that we would love to have him at our football club working with our young players," Auld told The Age.
"We asked him to think about what sort of role he might be interested in, be it coaching or development."
GWS reportedly met yesterday with Luke Power, who announced his retirement immediately before the Brisbane Lions' round-23 clash with West Coast last Saturday night, with a view to adding him to its off-field football staff.
Although Power revealed early yesterday he had not ruled out playing on in 2012, the Giants appeared more interested in securing his services as an assistant coach.
Brisbane coach Michael Voss had advised his three-time premiership teammate that he should retire despite Power's desire to play for one more season.