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Jesse Joyce to debut against Sydney

SUNS TV: Jesse Joyce GC SUNS rookie Jesse Joyce speaks to SUNS TV ahead of his AFL debut against Sydney Swans
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Jesse Joyce of the Suns in action during the Gold Coast Suns training session at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast on December 17, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
It’s a great story. Local lad, Palm Beach Currumbin boy, played in the Queensland state side last year under 18s
GC SUNS senior coach, Rodney Eade

Gold Coast SUNS Academy product, Jesse Joyce, will make his AFL debut against the Sydney Swans on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium.

Selected with pick No. 67 in last year’s AFL Rookie Draft, Joyce had been a part of the SUNS Academy since the age of 14 and split his time last year between the Queensland Under 18 representative side, the SUNS’ NEAFL team and his local QAFL club, the Palm Beach Currumbin Lions.

Joyce was elevated from the rookie list last week and becomes the 37th player to wear the red and gold in 2016.

“It’s a great story. Local lad, Palm Beach Currumbin boy, played in the Queensland state side last year under 18s,” coach Rodney Eade told goldcoastfc.com.au.

“Really with our injuries last year got a chance to keep playing in the seconds once the under 18s had finished and he improved every week. So we put him on as a Category B rookie, as much for the local product, but he’s really come along in leaps and bounds.

“His attack on the ball was really solid, he’s got good skills, he’s quite a smart player as well and you can’t have too many of those, having guys who can read the game pretty well and know our structures.

“It’s going to be a difficult night with the weather and obviously playing against a good opposition but you know the fact he gives a good contest obviously bodes well for the future for him.”

Joyce follows in the footsteps of fellow Gold Coasters Rory Thompson, Joel Wilkinson and Andrew Boston to represent his home city.