23/04/2024
2021 AFL Draft Gold Coast Suns

Gold Coast has pressure mounting coming into the 2021 AFL Draft. Photo: Gold Coast SUNS

The Hugh Greenwood calamity is in the rearview mirror, with Gold Coast coming into the 2021 AFL Draft holding a top-3 pick and gun prospects pre-selected to its rookie list.

The Hugh Greenwood calamity is in the rearview mirror, with Gold Coast coming into the 2021 AFL Draft holding a top-3 pick and gun prospects pre-selected to its rookie list.

There’s a wait-and-see element to Pick 3 in the draft, there’s also that constant ‘best available or list need’ decision to be made as well.

The Suns have mounting pressure on their draft selections, so after taking midfielders with early picks it could be a key position player.

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2021 AFL Draft: Who are the Gold Coast pre-selected rookies?

Through draft concessions from the AFL the Suns have pre-listed Bodhi Uwland and Sandy Brock.

Uwland has been ultra-impressive as he splits his time in the VFL and NAB League. He’s an instructive leader in the back 50 and is a nice intercept mark for his size, as well being able to go on-ball and lead from the front.

Brock has plied his trade in the WAFL Colts for Peel. The Darwin product is 198 centimetres and has shown the ability to play at either end of the ground. He’ll be a prospect player for the Suns. 

A host of names are available as northern academy prospects in Jason Baird, Jed Foggo, Austin Harris, Thomas Hofert, Antonio James, Jack Johnston, Jamie Jones, Brodie Lake, Brinn Little, Max Pescud, Bailey Reeves, Ned Stevens, Jaeden Watts.

The most likely may be Will Bella, with the big man looking promising in the NAB League.

2021 AFL Draft: Who’s the man at Pick 3 for Gold Coast?

The Suns will be holding out hope Finn Callaghan gets through the Giants. He’s got a mix between Josh Kelly and Marcus Bontempelli in the way he can weave through traffic at his size. Add to it his brilliant ball use and goal-kicking capacity and he looks a perfect modern-day midfielder.

The more likely scenario here is a toss-up between two key position players. 

Mac Andrew might be the guy here, with his ability as a key forward and future ruckman very appealing. His athleticism at 201 centimetres offers shades of Nik Cox, but his ruckwork is similar to Nic Naitanui with a brilliant tap and soft hands.

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The other option could be Josh Gibcus who would slot in between Sam Collins and Charlie Ballard in defence. He’s the best interceptor in the draft and will fill out to be a genuine key position player.

Towards the end of the draft, the Suns had committed to signing Greenwood as well as Rory Thompson. Potential remains for the Suns to take Jez Mclennan with their late pick, who they’ve earmarked for a rookie spot. 
Some late contenders could be Ronald Fejo Jnr – the zippy Allies wingman – or a mature-ager in Trent Dumont who could slot onto a wing for the Suns and add some veteran qualities to a young list.

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