Three Gold Coast SUNS players have been recognised for their standout season so far, today, named in the AFL Player’s Association 22Under22 40-man squad.
Noah Anderson, Matt Rowell and Izak Rankine have each been endorsed by an extensive selection panel, with the final team to be determined by public vote.
This is the first time that Rowell has earned a call up to the squad, while Anderson was rewarded again for his strong form, having previously been named in the extended lineup in 2021.
Rankine is vying for his second consecutive 22Under22 honours – having been named in the final team last season.
Anderson’s season highlights include a memorable match-winning goal after the final siren against Richmond in Round 17.
However, SUNS fans will be equally pleased with his consistency through the midfield – currently ranking second in the AFL for inside 50s and ninth for total metres gained.
The excitement that Rankine brings to the forward line can be felt week on week, ranking third at the club for goals scored, complimented by a more defensive mindset in season 2022.
The highly touted Rowell continues to do the thankless contested work week on week, while battling with increased opposition attention this year.
The 21 year old still manages to have an impact, ranking fourth in the league for total tackles, seventh for contested possessions and eight in total clearances.
The 22Under22 aims to recognise elite talent who are making an impact at their club at an early age.
To be eligible for selection, players must have taken to the field in at least 11 games, and must be 22 years old and under for the entirety of the 2022 season (including finals).
The initial selection of 40 athletes is completed by a Chair of Selectors, including Michael Barlow, and an internal selection panel at the AFL Players’ Association, in consultation with Champion Data.
Clubs also have the opportunity to nominate one player for consideration in the extended squad.
Click here to vote for the exciting SUNS trio in your 22Under22 side before Wednesday 17 August, with the final team announced on Tuesday 23 August via the AFL Players Association.