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Heron & Dawson join the SUNS

Gold Coast SUNS Academy duo Jacob Heron and Jacob Dawson have been pre-selected as Category B rookies ahead of today’s AFL Rookie Draft.

The midfielders join fellow graduates Brayden Crossley and Connor Nutting, who both officially became members of the SUNS senior team during Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft.

The Academy now boasts nine graduates on the SUNS list with Jack Bowes, Brad Scheer, Jesse Joyce and Max Spencer also being joined by Lachie Weller, who returned to the Gold Coast during the Trade Period.   

 

Jacob Heron

The Cairns native relocated to the Gold Coast during the 2017 season to play a greater role in the SUNS Academy and NEAFL side.

Heron has excelled for the NEAFL team at times throughout the year, included a 26 disposal display against the NT Thunder in a NEAFL Elimination Final.

The small forward brings a strong element of defensive pressure and tackling to the side, while also hitting the scoreboard.

Heron is the quickest player in the SUNS Academy and displays great athleticism, providing a great foundation to build a very successful AFL career off. 

 

Jacob Dawson

Dawson has been part of the SUNS Academy since the age of 13 and showed solid form at NEAFL level in 2017, earning a Rising Star nomination in the final round of the season.

The nomination came after the 18-year old went head to head with GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper, gathering 24 disposals and 10 clearances.

The inside-midfielder possesses really good hands in close at the stoppages and was also part of the Allies U18s squad alongside a number of SUNS Academy teammates.

In addition to his strong form during the Academy series, Dawson was also named among the best in Palm Beach-Currumbin’s 2017 QAFL premiership win.