Dickfos weighs up Hawks future

By Beth Newman

Sandgate coach, Rob Dickfos, has turned the spotlight on himself in the wake of the Hawks’ 99-point loss to the Magpies on Sunday.

Dickfos will go to the club’s board and senior players this week, to determine if he is still the best person to lead the club.

“I feel I have a lot more to give and a lot more to teach but if my message isn’t getting across, then maybe someone else needs to have a go.”

Dickfos is a well-respected coach in the QAFL, but said the team’s past two efforts, with losses to UQ and the Magpies, were well down on their early season performances.

“I’ve got to cop it as harsh as anyone else,” he said.

“I’ll maybe chat to the club and say ‘hey, there are still seven games to go, what do you guys think?”

“You don’t want to waste the remainder of the season.”

While Dickfos is keen to continue on as coach, he said he would simply be asking the question for the long-term future of the club, after some lean weeks.

“The sooner we get it back on the front foot the better,” he said.

“That would be tough but that’s the sport that we play, that’s the league, that’s the level and expectations.

“It’s a business as well as a sport, we’ve got to make sure the club is still attractive.

“If that means we have to take a different direction sooner rather than later, then that’s the case.”

Dickfos said any decision would need to benefit the players and the club.’”

“All you want to be able to do each week is know you’re going to be going forward in some sense and if that gets us back on track and we’re going forward then that’s a positive,” he said.

“It wouldn’t be ideal for me but if it’s positive for the boys then that’s what’s most important. “

Sandgate has won one game this season, beating UQ in round one.

Dickfos has a long and decorated history in Queensland football, a dual premiership player with Windsor Zillmere and five-time best and fairest winner with the club in 258 state league games.

He has previously coached at Aspley, the Northern Eagles, Mayne and Redcliffe.

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