AFL Tasmania Talent Manager and Head Coach of the Tasmania Devils, Cameron Joyce, has accepted the role of AFLW Head Coach of the Gold Coast Suns.

In 2021 Joyce has led the Tasmania Devils to first place in the NAB League Girls Country Division and into the first final in the side’s history, while the NAB League Boys team has started the season strongly with a 2-1 record.

Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill, said of Joyce’s departure: “We are sad to see Cam go but this is an amazing opportunity and we should all be proud of Cam and the Tasmania Devils program. Good people get good opportunities and we have been fortunate to have Cam as part of Tasmanian footy and our team at AFL Tasmania.

“In the highly competitive world of senior coaching in AFL and AFLW ranks, this is an opportunity that cannot be underestimated — Cam has won one of just 14 AFLW senior coaching positions. This is recognition for the calibre of person and coach that Cam is, but it is also a ringing endorsement for the Tasmania Devils program and the quality of the work being done here in our talent programs.

“There is no doubt in my mind, and I know Cam would agree, that the success of the NAB League Girls program within Tasmania in 2021 has played a major part in Cam being considered for this role.

“The program is certainly well positioned for the next person in the role.

“I think it is fair to say Cam didn’t think he’d be departing Tasmania at this point in time, as he was so heavily invested in the program and had become fond of our little island, but you don’t get to pick the timing of great opportunities like this!”

Joyce will remain in Tasmania for the next month to manage and coach the Devils program, before departing for an exciting new chapter in his career.