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AFL news 2021, Gold Coast Suns trade, roster management, players out of contract, free agency, deals, AFL draft, trade period

By on June 23, 2021 0

Gold Coast will offer its first cap in the November national draft to rival clubs in hopes it can attract an experienced player to the club.

Foxfooty.com.au understands that the Suns have prioritized a key forward to partner with Ben King during this year’s trade period and would be willing to offload their valuable draft asset to bring in the right player.

Currently that selection is Pick 3, which should prompt several clubs to at least one conversation with the Suns, who also have two selections at the top of the second round.

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The Suns are looking to pair an experienced player with Ben King (Photo by Matt Roberts / AFL Photos / via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Melbourne has the highest-rated key out-of-contract player in their books at Sam Weideman, while other lesser forwards such as Taylor Walker and Mason Cox are also without a deal for 2022.

Pick 3 would be too high a price for the last two, but the Demons rate Weideman supremely and surely wouldn’t lose him for less.

Although not a key player in the traditional sense, Jake Stringer is looking for a long-term arrangement. Stringer and Essendon’s side are still confident he will stay with the Dons, but there has been no progress since delivering a winning game in Tasmania this weekend.

As foxfooty.com.au reported, Stringer is aiming for a four-year improved silver deal, but there is some hesitation from Essendon given his history of injuries and the fact that he is nearing the end of his career.

Adrian Dodoro is also due to re-sign Darcy Parish with upgraded money and satisfy the possibility of bringing in more talent during the October trade period.

Regardless of Essendon’s plans, Gold Coast believes it has enough young talent from recent drafts on its roster. In essence, they’ve never been less interested in the draft than in 2021. In each of Stuart Dew’s three years at the helm, the club have had the youngest team of AFL players. They hope to supplement rather than support. They are also not against using Pick 3 to attract players to other positions. North Melbourne are also looking for a key striker and they are hard to find.

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The view from sources inside the Suns is that while it was nice to be ranked among the contenders for the Finals in 2021, a top-eight ranking was still unlikely.

In Dew’s first season, the Suns won three games with less than two goals. Last year they won five with minimal injuries and competition on their doorstep. This season they have shown glimpses but have struggled in recent weeks.

Insiders say southern pundits are underestimating Jarrod Witts’ role on the team, not just as a ruck but as a leader. He’s not their best player, but he could be their most important. And he’s absent for the year.

It could be argued that six of the top 30 picks of the past five years have not worked in Gold Coast. Callum Ah Chee (Pick 8, 2015) is now in Brisbane, Brayden Fiorini (Pick 20, 2015) can’t get a match, neither Ben Ainsworth (Pick 4, 2016) and Will Brodie (Pick 9, 2016).

Brodie, an inside midfielder, has managed just 23 senior games in five seasons and although he is under contract for 2022, the Suns would not get in his way if the right trade presented itself for the player. and the club.

The 23rd selection in 2018 – Jez McLennan – did not play, while the Suns traded to pounce on Jeremy Sharp with the 27 pick as they placed him in the first round in 2019. Geelong used the selection he got Gold Coast (Pick 11) part of this trade to bring Jeremy Cameron to the club.

Most recently, Hugh Greenwood and Brandon Ellis deserve ticks since they were acquired through an agency. But question marks remain over Rory Atkins (who was injured for much of the summer and has struggled ever since), Oleg Markov and Zac Smith.

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But it’s Gold Coast’s pursuit of talent aged in their mid-20s and above any draft potential that will change the dial for the club this year. They have tried and failed before with Jarryd Roughead, Eddie Betts and Shaun Burgoyne. If they convince a veteran to join the club as Luke Hodge, they’ll be hailed as geniuses. If the veteran fails, Gold Coast will qualify as a retirement village. Then it becomes an audience

relationships fight as much as a list management conundrum. And in an AFL-backed non-traditional football market, public relations matter.

Adelaide will at least pose the question of South Australian talent Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, although Gold Coast remains firm that the two are on contract and not for sale.

The roster management team, led by Craig Cameron, will attempt to rebalance the balance later this year so that Dew has more cards to work with in 2022 and players who are without contracts in 16 months – Lachie Weller, Sam Collins, Touk Miller (free agent), Lukosius, Rankine and King – have more reasons to stay than a glowing Queensland tan and a big wallet.

Dew is also out of contract at the end of 2022 and as much as the club trusts his methods now, he will need to show more improvement if he is to win a new contract.

Gold Coast is aware of its problems, which is the first step. The next step is to fix them, which is considerably more difficult.

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