Gold Coast SUNS VFL Head Coach Jackson Kornberg has called for patience and trust in the process from his team as multiple names continue to push for senior selection.
Consecutive wins from the SUNS AFL side has leant itself to a more settled lineup and less movement despite the dominant form of key talent in the VFL.
While there is an eagerness for developing individuals to get AFL games under their belt, Kornberg said their contribution to the SUNS program and recent success cannot be downplayed.
“The beauty of where we are at from an AFL program – we’ve had two solid wins in a row and are in some good form - so with that comes a need for patience for some of these younger boys,” Kornberg told VFL Rewind.
“The form underneath is really positive, I’d certainly say looking forward, through injury or form, a number of these boys can jump up.
“Form underneath puts pressure on guys up top and in the senior program.”
The SUNS VFL side currently sit 12th on the ladder and one win out of the top eight, with five wins and four losses from 12 rounds of competition.
As it stands, just two wins separate third and 13th on the VFL ladder, illustrating the quality and even spread of competition this season.
A home game against GWS Giants as a curtain raiser to Sunday’s clash against Adelaide Crows provides the next opportunity to press their case for finals.
“With every team you’re searching for improvement and you’re searching for continuity,” he said.
“Earlier in the year we started really well against Northern Bullants and Sydney, then we came up against a really good team in Carlton - that showed where we were at early in the season with some inconsistencies.
“From there, to be sitting 5 and 4 at the turn, from a performance point of view is pretty positive.
“From an expectation point of view, we’re really here to develop and continually improve our boys in a really strong competition in the VFL.
“[Last week against Collingwood] we had a couple of dips in quarters but the resolve from the boys to play four quarters was super and as a coach that’s what you’re aspiring for.”
Gold Coast SUNS will challenge GWS Giants in a VFL clash on Sunday from 11:35am at Metricon Stadium, with gates open from 11:30am.