Brayden Fiorini of the Suns could be a future star.
Brayden Fiorini of the Suns could be a future star. JULIAN SMITH

Suns running out of trade options

AFL: Gold Coast won't head into the official trade period as enthusiastically as it may have done.

The Suns will be one of the busiest clubs over the next two weeks, but sadly for them the list of available midfielders has been diminishing by the day.

The Suns are currently loaded with picks in this year's draft - numbers 4, 8, 22, 23, 25 and 28 - as a result of previous trades involving the likes of Charlie Dixon and Harley Bennell.

They are set to receive more first-round selections for Dion Prestia (almost certainly No.6 from Richmond) and Jaeger O'Meara.

But bringing in a host of fresh talent is not on the Suns' agenda, with mature bodies needed to help cover O'Meara, Prestia and injured vice-captain Michael Rischitelli (knee), and provide support for an aging Gary Ablett.

Gold Coast unearthed a future star in Brayden Fiorini, who polled Brownlow votes in his second match in the final round, but as football boss Marcus Ashcroft told Trade Radio, "we're focusing on midfielders who can come in and have an instant impact”.

But even before the annual meat market kicks off, trade targets Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide) and Lin Jong (Bulldogs) have re-signed with their clubs, while Michael Barlow (Fremantle) had looked in the Suns' sights but may be now cooling on a move.

That leaves out-of-contract pair Pearce Hanley (Brisbane), 27, and Jarryd Lyons (Adelaide), 24, as the major players of interest who fit "the job description of mature-aged midfielder”.

Interestingly, the Suns could have taken both Barlow and Lyons when starting up.

They overlooked Barlow as a rookie after he dominated the VFL in 2009, instead settling for state stars Daniel Harris, Michael Coad, Sam Iles, Roland Ah Chee and Danny Stanley.

Lyons dropped to No.61 in the 2010 national draft - one in which Gold Coast took David Swallow (at No.1), Bennell (2), Sam Day (3), Josh Caddy (7), Prestia (9), Daniel Gorringe (10), Tom Lynch (11) and Sab Tape (13).

TERRY MALLINDER


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