GC17 today announced that former West Coast premiership player and current Collingwood assistant coach Guy McKenna will be the inaugural coach of the new Gold Coast team that is set to join the AFL competition in 2011.

McKenna will assume the role at the end of this season and will coach the Gold Coast in the TAC Cup Under 18 competition next season, followed by their VFL team in 2010.

The GC17 football sub committee were given the task of assigning the coach for the new team and are happy with the decision they have made.

“Guy’s playing credentials are impeccable, he is one of the all time greats of AFL football,”  said GC17’s John Witheriff in a statement released on Wednesday.

“He is highly experienced at the top level, first as a dual premiership player with West Coast in 1992 and 1994, then as an understudy to veteran coach Mick Malthouse at Collingwood.”

“The Gold Coast is a very attractive and challenging proposition for a coach and I would like to thank Guy for agreeing to join us on our journey.”