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Prospects for Hanley with Gold.

Byline: AHMER KHOKHAR

PEARCE HANLEY has completed his move from the Brisbane Lions to Queensland rivals, the Gold Coast Suns.

The Mayo star and former Lions vice-captain, has penned a three-year deal after receiving the backing of Suns cultural guardian and new team-mate Michael Rischitelli.

Since leaving the GAA in 2008, Hanley, 27, has never played finals football. The Lions last played finals in 2009 when he was only a rookie.

The Ballaghaderreen player has since established himself as one of the best midfielders in the AFL and in recent seasons has been the standout player in the Lions versus Suns Queensland Derby (QClash).

Last season, however, Hanley struggled to produce his best form, fell out with sacked coach Justin Leppitsch, and was involved in off-field misdemeanours.

But Rischitelli, who also played with Hanley at Brisbane, assured the Suns that their new signing won't make headlines for the wrong reasons.

The Suns were formed in 2011 as one of the AFL's expansion sides alongside Greater Western Sydney.

In contrast to GWS, they have so far failed to qualify for finals, and have not finished higher than 12th (in 2014) in the 18-team competition.

Hanley has twice visited the club where he has undergone a medical and toured the new facilities. One of the most effective ball carriers in the game, Hanley has played 129 AFL games in nine AFL seasons.

Lions list manager Peter Schwab last week stunningly claimed that Hanley was suffering from "losers fatigue".

"I think Pearce has a bit of losers fatigue with Brisbane," he said.

"He's been there a while and been frustrated that we haven't had success."

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ON THE MOVE Pearce Hanley has left the Lions

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 18, 2016
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