FOX Sports’ Stanley Weber has confirmed he will not return to the Suns this season.
It has been reported that the club is keen to bring back former Suns great Weber, who has been a long-term casualty of their recent struggles.
However, the Suns have decided to hold onto Weber for the season, meaning he will be playing in a more prominent role next year.
“I don’t want to be a distraction, but I can’t be on the sidelines anymore,” Weber said.
“The Suns will be in the spotlight this year.”
Weber will not be joining the Suns next season but he will still be involved in their youth development program, which is based at Gabba.
Weber, however, was reluctant to elaborate on the nature of his relationship with the Suns.
“It’s all very confusing,” Weber told Fox Sports.
“There’s no doubt it’s very difficult for me to leave because of my involvement in their young players and it’s something I would never want to do.”
The Suns are currently one point out of the top four in the AFL, and will need to finish in the top eight to avoid a bottom-eight finish.
The club will also be without the services of some of its older players, including former Cats star Adam Goodes, who is out of contract.
The Suns have yet to name a new coach for next season, but have already had talks with former West Coast coach Adam Simpson and Gold Coast’s Josh Kennedy.
“We’ve had conversations with Josh, Adam and Josh Kennedy,” Weber added.
“But I’m not really sure what the situation is with Josh.”
The club has also been linked to former Bulldogs captain and former coach Brenton Sanderson, who will leave after this season to take a senior coaching role with the Western Bulldogs.
Sanderson has been linked with the job for a number of months, and has a proven track record in the game.
The Dogs have been linked recently to former Melbourne Tiger Nathan Buckley, who was on the verge of a move to the Cats, but his move to Sydney was thwarted by financial problems.
Sanders’ future at the club has been in doubt for some time, and he may find himself in a similar position to the club’s other marquee star, former Suns superstar Jason Johannisen.
Koenig has been ruled out of next season by a back injury and the Suns will now turn to their under-fire forward group.