The Gold Coast SUNS have completed a trade with the Western Bulldogs which will see the club acquire three first-round draft picks.

The SUNS send selections four, 46 and 51 in the 2023 AFL Draft, as well as the SUNS’ 2024 third-round pick to the Bulldogs in exchange for picks 10, 17 and the Bulldogs’ 2024 first-round selection.

GC SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron said the deal was the best result for the club in line with its strategy in this year’s Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.

“We are expecting bids on our Academy prospects early in this year’s draft which means we will need to acquire additional draft capital to match bids,” Cameron said.

“By executing this trade with the Western Bulldogs, we have been able to bring in multiple first round selections to give us the flexibility to on-trade these.

“Pleasingly we have also been able to add an additional first-round draft pick in next year’s draft to strengthen our hand for 2024.”

The SUNS currently hold two first-round, two second-round, one third-round and three fourth-round selections in the 2023 AFL Draft.