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AFL.com.au's Best 22

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  Jack Leslie runs the ball during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium on November 6, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Now that the club lists have been finalised ahead of the 2018 season, AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting has turned his attention to who makes Gold Coast's best 22.

The team is chosen on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Jesse Joyce
HB: Lachie Weller, Jack Leslie, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Alex Sexton, Jarryd Lyons, Pearce Hanley
HF: Aaron Young, Tom Lynch, Jack Martin
F: Ben Ainsworth, Peter Wright, Callum Ah Chee
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Aaron Hall
I/C: Jack Bowes, Touk Miller, Michael Barlow, Brayden Fiorini

DEPTH

General defenders: Sean Lemmens, Connor Nutting, Jack Scrimshaw, Mackenzie Willis
Key defenders: Josh Jaska, Max Spencer, Rory Thompson
Midfielders: Charlie Ballard, Will Brodie, Jacob Dawson, Jacob Heron, Nic Holman, Jesse Lonergan, Michael Rischitelli, Matt Rosa, Josh Schoenfeld, Harrison Wigg
General forwards: Darcy Macpherson, Brad Scheer, Wil Powell
Key forwards: Sam Day
Ruckmen: Brayden Crossley, Tom Nicholls 

NOTES: Gold Coast has lost some class players over the past few seasons, but it still has an exciting best 22 when all fit. Lachie Weller's addition will add some polish at either half-back or a wing, while Aaron Young will slot straight into the forward line after moving from Port Adelaide. The second key defensive post alongside co-captain Steven May is a tough decision. I've gone for Jack Leslie after his breakout 2017 season to edge out injury-prone Rory Thompson, although either player could do the job depending on pre-season form. Sam Day is also in the SUNS' best team, but will have to prove he has totally overcome a dislocated hip to earn his spot.

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