Suns chairman Tony Cochrane: 'Opinions are like a--holes, everyone's got one'

Tony Cochrane in the Gold Coast rooms during the 2017 season. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Gold Coast Suns chairman Tony Cochrane has once again hit out at those who have questioned the long-term viability of his club.

Since Gold Coast's inception into the AFL in 2011, there have been constant calls for the club to either fold or relocate to another part of the nation. The Suns are yet to make a finals appearance and last year only mustered an average home game attendance of 12,500 fans, the lowest in the league.

But Cochrane, who has long defended the Suns and emphasized the importance of a long-term play, said too many people are narrow minded and are refusing to take a wider view on his club and the league as a whole.

"Everyone's entitled to an opinion," Cochrane told Channel Nine. "Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one. That's not an original line; I've used it before and I'll probably have to use it again I dare say.

"The truth of the matter is I'm kind of a big picture guy, so you can zero in and focus until the cows come home but first and foremost the nine games created approximately $50 million in extra revenue," "So right now that ninth game, which was created by adding GWS and the Gold Coast Suns, pays for itself. Those two clubs effectively wash it clean."

Cochrane also stressed that if the AFL was to axe a club, it would find itself in an even worse position.

"If you just do some simple arithmetic and I know the media landscape pretty well, if you remove or reduce one of those clubs, well you'll lose the $50 million because there's not too many media companies I know that want to buy a 'bye,' he said. "A bye doesn't really create much revenue so if you got rid of one club you'd have to get rid of two for a start, otherwise you'd be saddling yourself with one extra expense."