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Beginnings: The Gold Coast debuted in Round 2 on the 2 April 2011 against Carlton at the Gabba in front of a crowd of 27,914. The first five goals were scored by Carlton, before Charlie Dixon scored the first goal for the Gold Coast Suns. Carlton extended their lead at every break, finally winning the game by 119 points with the score of 7.10.52 - 26.15.171. Charlie Dixon was the major goal scorer for the Gold Coast with two. Jeff Gartlett and Andrew Walker were the biggest goal scorers for the Blues with five goals apiece.

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15 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1778 2273 78.2 24

Trade period verdict: How every club fared

In: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, picks 12, 39, 77, 2018 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), 2018 third-round pick (Carlton) and 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne)

Out: Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, picks 16, 36, 54, 73, 91, 2018 second-round pick, 2018 third-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick

Win: Bolstered the midfield

Lose: A pair of gun youngsters 

2017 draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

What they couldn't get done: The Crows were linked with contracted Bomber Aaron Francis, but declined to make a serious play for the South Australian.

Nick Bowen's verdict: The Crows were put on the back foot before the trade period when Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron requested trades. They made the best of a bad situation, getting a deal done early for Lever that netted them two first-round picks and gave them time to get trades done for Bryce Gibbs and...


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Trade period verdict: How every club fared

In: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, picks 12, 39, 77, 2018 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), 2018 third-round pick (Carlton) and 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne)

Out: Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, picks 16, 36, 54, 73, 91, 2018 second-round pick, 2018 third-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick

Win: Bolstered the midfield

Lose: A pair of gun youngsters 

2017 draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

What they couldn't get done: The Crows were linked with contracted Bomber Aaron Francis, but declined to make a serious play for the South Australian.

Nick Bowen's verdict: The Crows were put on the back foot before the trade period when Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron requested trades. They made the best of a bad situation, getting a deal done early for Lever that netted them two first-round picks and gave them time to get trades done for Bryce Gibbs and...


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Get to know: Lachie Weller

SUNS TV: Lachie Weller Interview Lachie Weller speaks to SUNS TV after being traded to the club

AFL 2017 Round 14 - Geelong v Fremantle

Gold Coast have secured a trade for Lachie Weller from Fremantle.

Former SUNS Academy player Lachie Weller returned to the Gold Coast during the final moments of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

After falling just short of being eligible for selection as an Academy graduate in 2014, Weller was subsequently drafted by Fremantle at pick 13 in the National Draft.

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The midfielder has gone on to accumulate 47 career games so far, including every game for the last two seasons.

Originally growing up in Tasmania, Weller then spent his formative years on the Gold Coast and had always had a move home in the back of his mind.

"It's home for me. My partner's family is here, I lived here for a few years and I love living here," Weller told SUNS...


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Get to know: Lachie Weller

SUNS TV: Lachie Weller Interview Lachie Weller speaks to SUNS TV after being traded to the club

AFL 2017 Round 14 - Geelong v Fremantle

Gold Coast have secured a trade for Lachie Weller from Fremantle.

Former SUNS Academy player Lachie Weller returned to the Gold Coast during the final moments of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

After falling just short of being eligible for selection as an Academy graduate in 2014, Weller was subsequently drafted by Fremantle at pick 13 in the National Draft.

READ MORE: Lachie Weller returns to the Gold Coast

The midfielder has gone on to accumulate 47 career games so far, including every game for the last two seasons.

Originally growing up in Tasmania, Weller then spent his formative years on the Gold Coast and had always had a move home in the back of his mind.

"It's home for me. My partner's family is here, I lived here for a few years and I love living here," Weller told SUNS...


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TRADE: Ablett trade with Geelong finalised

The Gold Coast SUNS have finalised a trade that will see Gary Ablett return to Geelong Football Club.

In return for Ablett, their round two selection (pick 24) and 2018 future round four selection, heading to Geelong, the SUNS receive the Cat’s end of round one compensation (pick 19) and 2018 future second round selection. 

Cheif Executive Mark Evans thanked Ablett for his service to the Gold Coast Football Club. 

"On behalf of everyone at the Gold Coast SUNS we thank Gary for his contribution to our football club," Evans said. 

"He played a significant role growing the game of AFL throughout Queensland and as our inaugural captain and first ever Brownlow Medallist he will be forever celebrated at our club.

"We respect and understand the circumstances of Gary's decision and wish Gary and Jordan all the very best in the coming years and look forward to welcoming them both back to our...


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TRADE: Weller returns to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast SUNS have secured the services of Lachie Weller after a deal was struck with Fremantle.

The SUNS receive Fremantle's on-traded round three seletion (41) in addition to Weller, while Fremantle receive Gold Coast's first round selection (pick 2). 

Weller joined the Dockers in the 2014 NAB AFL National Draft (pick 13) and was a member of the GC SUNS Academy program prior to his move West. 

SUNS List & Strategy Manager Scott Clayton said the club was trilled to have fulfilled Weller’s request to return to the Gold Coast.

"We are absolutely thrilled to secure Lachie Weller,” he told goldcoastfc.com.au.

"Lachie will play a major role for our club going forward and will have an immediate impact on our team."

"Having spent a number of years in our talent academy we know him and what he can do incredibly well."

"It's great to be in a position to welcome a Gold Coast local back...


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Indicative draft order: Post Trade Period edition

Below is the indicative order of selection for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following the 2017 premiership season.

The draft will be held in Sydney on Friday, November 24. The order is subject to change throughout the NAB AFL Trade Period and will be updated on this page.

Rookie list promotions are included among the compulsory minimum of three selections that each club must have at the draft, but the names of these players will not be formally read out at the draft.

Each pick is given a points value as part of the AFL's bidding system for father-son and academy prospects.

Note: Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for the loss of Jackson Trengove, after later taking in Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop as a free agents.

Indicative draft order

ROUND ONE
BL 1. Brisbane Lions
FREM 2. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast)
CARL 3. Carlton
NMFC 4. North Melbourne
FRE 5. Fremantle
COLL 6....

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SUNS games set for Cairns and Townsville

Cairns and Townsville will host AFL Premiership Season matches in 2018 and into the future under a deal announced today by Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones.

Ms Jones said the deal, which was struck by Tourism and Events Queensland, would see the Gold Coast SUNS play for premiership points for the eighth straight season in Cairns in 2018 and for the first time in Townsville in 2019 or 2020.

“Bringing the Gold Coast SUNS up north is a big win for Queensland and it will be great to see Townsville hosting a premiership AFL game for the first time,” she said.

“Cairns and Townsville have an extremely strong AFL fan base and these games will help the code expand its reach in Queensland and give lovers of Aussie rules the chance to experience live AFL action in north Queensland.

“I am confident that these premiership games will attract sell-out crowds.”

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TRADE: Harrison Wigg becomes a SUN

The Gold Coast SUNS have secured Harrison Wigg from the Adelaide Crows. 

The SUNS, in addition to Wigg, will receive pick 54 and a future fourth round pick while Adelaide receive pick 39 for the 2017 NAB AFL National Draft.

Wigg was originally selected by Adelaide in the 2014 NAB Draft with pick 35, having played his junior football at North Adelaide. 

SUNS List & Strategy Manager Scott Clayton said Wigg, who turned 21 earlier this week, was en exciting young prospect who could play off half back and in the midfield. 

"Harrison has had to wait for his opportunity playing SANFL since arriving at Adelaide,” Clayton told goldcoastfc.com.au.

“He plays inside and outside midfield & off half back, he wins his own ball & is a very effective left foot kick.

“He also can set the game up by releasing team mates into space."

Clayton also said players such as Wigg has been on the club’s radar...


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Get to know: Harrison Wigg

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Gold Coast have secured a trade for midfielder Harrison Wigg from the Adelaide Crows.

Gold Coast has secured promising young midfielder Harrison Wigg from the Adelaide Crows as part of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Wednesday.

Originally drafted with pick 35 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft from North Adelaide, the 21-year-old has yet to make his senior debut despite starring at SANFL level and being named an emergency for the Crows on several occasions.

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Recruited as a half-back flanker, Wigg made the transition to inside midfielder in 2017 where he averaged 25 disposals.

The left-footer capped off a consistent season by being named in the SANFL’s Team of the Year, while he was Adelaide’s leading vote-winner in the Magarey Medal.

Wigg claimed third place in Adelaide’s State League Club Champion...


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Saad's message to SUNS fans

On Monday the Gold Coast SUNS and Essendon Football Club reached a deal that saw Adam Saad head south in return for a future second round pick. 

As his departure became official, Saad reached out to SUNS players, coaches and fans via a heartfelt Instagram post. 

"To the Suns fans, thank you all so much for your support. My journey would not be complete without the ongoing support from you guys," Saad wrote. 

"I love you all and I’m forever thankful."

Saad, a practicing Muslim and Multicultural Ambassador, specifically thanked the club for embracing his faith but said it was time to head home to be closer to his family. 

"Being a proud and practicing Muslim, I’m eternally grateful for all the players, coaching staff and especially the fans for welcoming and embracing my faith into the game I absolutely love," he wrote. 

"My family are my biggest supporters and over the last 3 years, being...


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Saad's message to SUNS fans

On Monday the Gold Coast SUNS and Essendon Football Club reached a deal that saw Adam Saad head south in return for a future second round pick. 

As his departure became official, Saad reached out to SUNS players, coaches and fans via a heartfelt Instagram post. 

"To the Suns fans, thank you all so much for your support. My journey would not be complete without the ongoing support from you guys," Saad wrote. 

"I love you all and I’m forever thankful."

Saad, a practicing Muslim and Multicultural Ambassador, specifically thanked the club for embracing his faith but said it was time to head home to be closer to his family. 

"Being a proud and practicing Muslim, I’m eternally grateful for all the players, coaching staff and especially the fans for welcoming and embracing my faith into the game I absolutely love," he wrote. 

"My family are my biggest supporters and over the last 3 years, being...


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Read more: Saad's message to SUNS fans

Saad's message to SUNS fans

On Monday the Gold Coast SUNS and Essendon Football Club reached a deal that saw Adam Saad head south in return for a future second round pick. 

As his departure became official, Saad reached out to SUNS players, coaches and fans via a heartfelt Instagram post. 

"To the Suns fans, thank you all so much for your support. My journey would not be complete without the ongoing support from you guys," Saad wrote. 

"I love you all and I’m forever thankful."

Saad, a practicing Muslim and Multicultural Ambassador, specifically thanked the club for embracing his faith but said it was time to head home to be closer to his family. 

"Being a proud and practicing Muslim, I’m eternally grateful for all the players, coaching staff and especially the fans for welcoming and embracing my faith into the game I absolutely love," he wrote. 

"My family are my biggest supporters and over the last 3 years, being...


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AFLX to feature in 2018 pre-season

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking address the media.

Modified football game AFLX is set to be part of a drastically different lead in to the home and away season next year.

The AFL is well advanced in its pre-season plans for 2018, and new general manager of football, Steve Hocking, said an announcement would be made late next week to outline them.

The JLT Community Series appears likely to be shortened from three matches per club to two, with a round-robin weekend of AFLX games to fill the void.

AFLX is being dubbed the AFL's answer to Twenty20 cricket and will include fewer players on a smaller field competing in matches of shorter duration.

"Certainly (the pre-season schedule) will look different," Hocking told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

"We need to accommodate the AFLW season as well, to make sure both those parts of the...


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AFLX to feature in 2018 pre-season

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking address the media.

Modified football game AFLX is set to be part of a drastically different lead in to the home and away season next year.

The AFL is well advanced in its pre-season plans for 2018, and new general manager of football, Steve Hocking, said an announcement would be made late next week to outline them.

The JLT Community Series appears likely to be shortened from three matches per club to two, with a round-robin weekend of AFLX games to fill the void.

AFLX is being dubbed the AFL's answer to Twenty20 cricket and will include fewer players on a smaller field competing in matches of shorter duration.

"Certainly (the pre-season schedule) will look different," Hocking told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

"We need to accommodate the AFLW season as well, to make sure both those parts of the...


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TRADE: Future second round secured for Adam Saad

The Gold Coast SUNS wish to advise the club has traded Adam Saad to the Essendon Football Club.

As part of the deal, the GC SUNS will receive Essendon’s future second round pick in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft in return for Saad. 

Saad told goldcoastfc.com.au that he was grateful of the opportunities the SUNS had presented him during his three seasons with the club.

“I’d like to thank the Gold Coast SUNS for not only giving me an opportunity of a lifetime but also for understanding my desire to return to Victoria,” Saad said. 

“My decision had nothing to do with the love and respect I have for the SUNS, its players, staff and the community that welcomed me, but was solely about my family and faith.

“I wish the club all the very best in the future.”

GC SUNS List & Strategy Manager Scott Clayton thanked Saad for his contribution to the club. 

"We entered the exchange period wanting to do the...


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Ashcroft to depart GC SUNS

The GC SUNS wish to confirm that Marcus Ashcroft will not continue in the role of General Manager - Football Operations beyond 2017.

Gold Coast Chief Executive, Mark Evans said he and Ashcroft had been discussing the decision throughout the back half of the year.

"Marcus and I have been discussing this decision for some time and to his credit he has continued to put the club first,” Evans said.

"He provided me great support as the club identified Stuart Dew as our new coach. He will continue to guide the football department through the current trade period and will assist in the transition to handover to a new General Manager of Football in the near future.

"His legacy to the SUNS, Lions and the AFL speaks for itself and I have great confidence that Marcus will not be lost to the industry."

The search for a replacement General Manager - Football Operations will commence...


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Ashcroft to depart GC SUNS

The GC SUNS wish to confirm that Marcus Ashcroft will not continue in the role of General Manager - Football Operations beyond 2017.

Gold Coast Chief Executive, Mark Evans said he and Ashcroft had been discussing the decision throughout the back half of the year.

"Marcus and I have been discussing this decision for some time and to his credit he has continued to put the club first,” Evans said.

"He provided me great support as the club identified Stuart Dew as our new coach. He will continue to guide the football department through the current trade period and will assist in the transition to handover to a new General Manager of Football in the near future.

"His legacy to the SUNS, Lions and the AFL speaks for itself and I have great confidence that Marcus will not be lost to the industry."

The search for a replacement General Manager - Football Operations will commence...


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Stone & Hart join the GC SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS have today added George Stone and Shaun Hart to its coaching panel and have elevated Dean Solomon to the positon of senior assistant coach.

Stone will join the club as coaching advisor, reuniting him with newly appointed coach Stuart Dew, who was mentored by Stone at the Sydney Swans.

Stone has more than 30 years of VFL/AFL experience having worked with three clubs, Hawthorn, Sydney and Melbourne, and has been involved in six premierships – 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991 with the Hawks and 2005 and 2012 with the Swans.

Hart, a triple premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist with the Brisbane Lions originally joined the GC SUNS in November 2008 as an assistant coach. He has spent the last four seasons with Port Adelaide and returns to the club as Head of Development.

Solomon’s elevation to the role of senior assistant coach comes after he coached the GC SUNS in the...


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Stone & Hart join the GC SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS have today added George Stone and Shaun Hart to its coaching panel and have elevated Dean Solomon to the positon of senior assistant coach.

Stone will join the club as coaching advisor, reuniting him with newly appointed coach Stuart Dew, who was mentored by Stone at the Sydney Swans.

Stone has more than 30 years of VFL/AFL experience having worked with three clubs, Hawthorn, Sydney and Melbourne, and has been involved in six premierships – 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991 with the Hawks and 2005 and 2012 with the Swans.

Hart, a triple premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist with the Brisbane Lions originally joined the GC SUNS in November 2008 as an assistant coach. He has spent the last four seasons with Port Adelaide and returns to the club as Head of Development.

Solomon’s elevation to the role of senior assistant coach comes after he coached the GC SUNS in the...


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