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2022 Season Review - Gold Coast

Welcome to the 7th season review, this one for the Gold Coast Suns. They again show to be tracking in the right direction and were competitive with some of the best sides in the comp.


Ladder Position: 12th

Wins: 10

Percentage: 102.8%

Grade: C

The Highlights

Well so many young players took further steps this season. Noah Anderson is becoming a very good player. Matt Rowell's defensive work was awesome albeit, offensive play left something to be desired. Izak Rankine delivered on the hype and will unfortunately be leaving. Ballard is a very handy defender and from the glimpses we saw of Hollands, it is very easy to like him. Joel Jeffrey is also showing a stack of promise as a 3rd leading forward. As for some others, Touk Miller was a top 5 mid in the game this season. Jarrod Witts had a dominant year in the ruck although he needs to use his frame to mark more. David Swallow put together another consistent season. Mabior Chol and Levi Casboult were both great recruits and helped off-set the loss of Ben King. Sam Collins also had another terrific season. Nick Holman is about as good of a clubman as you could ask for as well.

The Lowlights

Jack Lukosius while not playing badly, is struggling to live up to the hype of his selection. Taller, skinnier players do take time but it does not seem like he will become that Nick Riewoldt clone like I thought he would. Fiorini also continues to disappoint not really delivering on the hype. A lot of their smaller recruits have really struggled as Ellis does not do a lot with the touches he gets, Atkins cannot get a game and Markov does not do much at all however, they likely set the tone off the field with training habits. Lastly, the most disappointing thing is while they were better, they still struggle to run out a full season. Young teams can do that though but it should be their goal to not drop off.

The Offseason

Get the best value possible for Rankine. IMO, he has done nothing to not warrant Adelaide's first and that is fair value but trades are not that simple nowadays. If Gold Coast take in picks 5 and 7, I would use one on a Key Defender and the other on an outside player and the other on a mid. Maybe they could use 5 and 7 to trade up for Norths pick 1, I feel that is fair value and allows Gold Coast to get a really good mid of their choosing. Maybe a Philippou, Wardlaw or Tsatas.

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