On the fifth day of Christmas, the Supercoach Gods brought to me, five Gold Coast Suns…
Four bargain blues…
Three bench men…
Two winged crows…
And Paddy switched to Mid-forward D-P-P
With Gold Coast suffering an exodus over recent seasons, they now boast a patchwork quilt of mature age players who could not break into the best 22 of their preivous clubs. We will need to watch the preseason closely to see which of these players are in favour with Stewie Dew, but the Suns could be a gold mine of bargain Supercoach options this season.
Mid-price madness anyone?
ANTHONY MILES (MID) $342,000
2018 Av: 90 points
2018 games: 1
Past averages (2017-2014): 71, 90, 97, 100
Miles is the ultimate example of a player who is too good for VFL but not good enough to break into the best 22 of a strong club. Surely at any club other than Richmond, Miles would be a lock for a midfield role because he knows how to find the ball. Just look at his first season at the Tigers when he averaged 100ppg from 13 matches and started with 4 tonnes and 2 scores in the 90s from his first 6 matches.
If he’s in the guts, you have to consider Miles.
If Stewie Dew puts him in the midfield, he’ll score 90-95ppg.
GEORGE HORLIN-SMITH (MID) $270,300
2018 Av: 62ppg
2018 Games: 4
Past Averages (2017-2014): 76, 43, 54, 67
If you look up the term “List Depth” online, you should find a picture of George Horlin-Smith. Like many of the recent trade targets of the Suns, he is a solid citizen whose only crime was playing for a club with too many midfielders. Horlin-Smith can play when given the chance, recording numerous scores over 80 points across his career when given midfield time, but too often he was pushed into odd-job roles or into the VFL. This season he even pumped out a handy 120 points from 26 possessions and 8 tackles as a late replacement for Tom Hawkins.
If he’s in favour and playing a midfield-forward role, I reckon we’ll get 80-85ppg, worth a look at his price.
PEARCE HANLEY (DEF) $296,400
2018 Av: 61ppg
2018 games: 3
Past Averages (2017-13): 77, 86, 87, 104, 96
It’s been a bad couple of years for Hanley since switching to the Suns with injury and personal issues preventing him from playing consistent footy. In fact, it’s been so long since he played good footy consistently that I had almost forgotten about him and I was surprised to find him under $300k! The Suns seem to want him playing on a wing and Hanley can rack up some big disposal counts as seen in 2014 when he averaged 25 possessions and 5 marks per round in 20 matches, so he could be a steal.
A risky steal, but a steal none-the-less.
If fit, there’s no reason why Hanley can average 85-90ppg.
If he’s fit…
JACK LUKOSIUS (FWD) $202,800 and IZAK RANKINE (FWD) $198,300
One, or both, of these high draft picks will play plenty of footy in 2019. The Suns are clearly rebuilding from the ground up and there is no reason why they won’t play their draftees. Especially if they don’t want to piss off these two South Australians who are very likely to flee back home in two years when their contracts end.
Lukosius is a tall forward at 196cm and Rankine a freakishly talented small forward, both roles that probably won’t rack up big number, but you would expect Rankine to be the better option. He has played at SANFL level and despite his light frame, he should adapt quickly to AFL.
As mentioned, neither player seems likely to rack up huge numbers in the Gold Coast forward line, so I’m not sure they will justify their price tags.
Consider Rankine if we are short on rookie-priced forwards but I can’t see him averaging more than 70ppg.
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