Bad news mars Suns debut

Hanely returns to Ireland

Bad news mars Suns debut

New Gold Coast recruit Pearce Hanley is heading to Ireland to be by his brother's side, after receiving some devastating news ahead of his Suns debut on Saturday.

Hanley's younger brother Tom, who has terminal cancer, took a turn for the worse over the weekend.

Hanley was told the news just before running out onto the field in his club debut against the Lions.

The Suns were defeated by just two points.

It was expected Hanley, and his brother Cian who is a rookie for the Brisbane Lions, would miss at least two games.

The Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions Football Club released a joint statement after the match stating the pair would be returning home to deal with a private family matter.

"Both clubs will provide all the support the family needs during this challenging time," the statement said.