Six GC SUNS players are in in contention for selection for the 2023 Smithy’s VFL Team of the Year.

The VFL today named an extended shortlist of 40 players that features six players respectively from both the GC SUNS and second-placed Werribee.

There’s representation right across the field for the minor premiership-winning SUNS.

Joint Frosty Miller medal winners Brodie McLaughlin and Chris Burgess are both short-priced favourites to be included in the final 24-man team with forward compatriot Alex Sexton also in contention.

In defence, Charlie Constable’s consistent ball-winning performances has him in the mix while key defender Caleb Graham’s contribution to the league’s second-tightest defence hasn’t gone unnoticed.

After being named in the Ruck in 2022, Ned Moyle took his game to another level in 2023, earning an AFL debut and establishing himself as one finest young ruckman in the country throughout 16 VFL matches this season.

Alongside Burgess, Moyle is in contention for consecutive appearances in the Team of the Year.

Players must have played a minimum of 12 matches to be considered for selection in the Smithy's VFL Team of the Year.

The announcement of the 2023 Smithy's VFL Team of the Year squad comes on the eve of the commencement of the 2023 Smithy's VFL Finals Series. The Gold Coast SUNS will host the Brisbane Lions in the First Qualifying Final at Heritage Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Entry to the venue is FREE through Gate 1 from 5.30pm ahead of a 6.05pm first bounce.

Gold Coast SUNS Smithy’s VFL Team of the Year nominees

Alex Sexton, Gold Coast Suns
12 matches this season, 31 goals
Averages 15.3 disposals, 9.8 uncontested possessions, 8.2 score involvements, 5.8 contested possessions, 2.6 goals

Brodie McLaughlin, Gold Coast Suns
18 matches this season, 51 goals
Averages 15.8 disposals, 55.3% score involvement, 8.2 score involvements, 6.8 marks, 2.8 goals

Caleb Graham, Gold Coast Suns
18 matches this season
Averages 14.6 disposals, 82.1% disposal efficiency, 8.5 marks, 6.9 intercepts, 5.4 spoils

Charlie Constable, Gold Coast Suns
16 matches this season, 2 goals
Averages 30.8 disposals, 76.3% disposal efficiency, 6.6 marks, 6.3 score involvement, 4.7 rebound 50s

Chris Burgess, Gold Coast Suns
17 matches, 51 goals
Averages 12.9 disposals, 72.9 scoring accuracy, 11.1 hitouts, 8.1 score involvements, 3.0 goals

Ned Moyle, Gold Coast Suns
16 matches this season, 7 goals
Averages 15 disposals, 26.8% score involvement, 35.1 hitouts, 11.1 hitouts to advantage, 4.7 clearances