MATTHEW Primus has ruled himself out of the running to become Melbourne's next coach.

Primus came to the Suns as an assistant coach during the off-season after being sacked by Port Adelaide late in 2012.

The former Power captain was at the helm of Port Adelaide from late in the 2010 season and won 13 of his 47 games in charge.

Although he "maybe one day" will consider a return to senior coaching, Primus said he was not interested in applying for the Melbourne job formerly held by Mark Neeld.

Primus has made a big impression with Gold Coast and said he was happy trying to help continue the development of its young list.

"No, I'm just focusing on my role here, really enjoying it," Primus said.

"I'm really looking forward to the next 10 weeks, trying to get some wins and pushing ourselves up the ladder."

Primus said although there was not as much pressure on assistant coaches compared to senior coaches, that pressure was one of the joys of being the man in charge.

For now, though, it was all about finishing off a strong 2013 and pushing for an unlikely top eight berth.

Gold Coast is currently two wins outside the finals picture with a 5-7 win-loss record.

"We set pretty high expectations during pre-season internally of what we thought we were capable of doing," Primus said.

"If we look at our first half of the year, we've been happy with it. In the end that doesn't mean too much unless we keep backing it up each week.

"We think we've got them in a pretty good fitness stage for the last 10 weeks. We've got to keep some pressure on with spots and keep demanding pretty high standards. If we do that, we'll win some games on the run home."

That run starts with a home fixture against Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.

Once the team he despised most, Primus said the Crows had still been playing well despite their 5-7 record.

"It's a make or break game for them, a bit like us," he said.

"They're right around us, on the same wins, and if we want to keep pushing ourselves up the ladder and stay in touch with the top eight, this game is a pretty crucial game for us.

"We think this game's winnable for us as much as Adelaide think it's winnable for them. We'd love to get the four points."

Michael Whiting covers Gold Coast news for Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_mikewhiting