The Gold Coast SUNS will blood another SUNS Academy product into the AFL with agile inside midfielder Alex Davies set to face the Sydney Swans on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old will make his debut after a run of breakout performances throughout the VFL this year.
Hailing from Far-North Queensland, Davies was an Academy pre-selection in 2020 alongside recent debutant Joel Jeffrey.
Davies has been a consistently strong inside presence for the SUNS VFL side in recent weeks, winning large amounts of contested ball and providing spark out of the middle.
Averaging 21 disposals in the last four rounds has seen the Academy prospect shoot to the front of the queue for AFL selection.
In his last VFL outing, a 78-point win over the Aspley Hornets, Davies collected 18 disposals to go along with eight tackles and four clearances
His imposing stature at 191cm will provide the SUNS with another physical presence at stoppage time.
Coming from a basketball background, Davies played his junior football for Manunda Cairns Hawks and has played for Broadbeach since arriving on the Gold Coast as a 17-year-old.
Davies has been a mainstay in the SUNS VFL side playing all 11 matches this year, demonstrating his longevity and ability to play consistent minutes.
Fittingly, he will play his first game alongside Cairns games record-holder Jarrod Harbrow in the retiring 33-year-old’s farewell match.
“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play AFL and I can’t wait to get stuck in on the Saturday afternoon,” Davies told SUNS Media.
“I feel like I’ve been able to develop throughout the VFL program and can’t thank the people involved enough for all they’ve helped me develop.
“It will be special to make my debut in Harbs’ final game and I can’t wait to run out with the boys on Saturday for my first taste of AFL footy.”