After a successful Continental Tyres Trade Period, Gold Coast General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron is excited by the potential of the SUNS list in 2022.
There’s talent everywhere you look at the club, with Cameron predicting the continued growth of some established stars in the team.
“We've got a few players now going into their fourth year that are real talents that we think will just get better as they have more experience,” Cameron told SUNS Media.
“Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, who is only really going into his third year so we’re expecting a big pre-season from him.”
Cameron went on to name more players who SUNS fans can expect to see more regularly in 2022.
“We've got Matty Rowell who will have a full pre-season we're hoping that he comes back as he started,” Cameron said.
“We also saw some guys get a taste of football in the last two years in Sam Flanders, Jeremy Sharp.
“We haven't seen Elijah Hollands yet so we're looking forward to seeing him.
“Joel Jeffrey had I think four games towards the end and Alex Davies played the last game, and they are only the young guys.”
That’s not to mention the exciting form of Noah Anderson, who won the AFLCA Best Young Player Award this year, Wil Powell who finished runner up in the SUNS Club Champion and Charlie Ballard who was nominated for the AFLPA 22Under22 squad.
Cameron also flagged the return of a couple of important players from injury, as well as the lofty standards set by the club’s reigning Club Champion as cause for optimism.
“We've got Wittsy (Jarrod Witts) coming back from a knee to take up the ruck again, Sam Day who we didn't have as much of last year as we'd like,” he said.
“And I think the way Touk Miller trains he'll just keep getting better, if that's possible after the season he had last year.
“Add to that Mabior Chol to add a little bit of excitement into our program and selection three (in the draft), I think there's a fair bit to look forward to.”
If that wasn’t enough, there is also the return of young gun Connor Budarick and veteran Rory Thompson from ACL injuries to add to the mix in what will shape as an important year for the club.