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Jez’s unorthodox draft reveal

DRAFT: Jez McLennan Highlights Welcome to the Gold Coast SUNS, Jez McLennan!

When most budding footballers find out they’ve been drafted to an AFL club for the first time, their first reaction is a sense of relief.

But that wasn’t the case for newest SUN Jez McLennan.

The SUNS traded picks 27 and 32 to move up the draft order, meaning the club held the first pick of the day at number 23.

While McLennan knew he was on the SUNS’ radar, he wasn’t expecting his name to be read out until a pick later in the 20’s.

That’s why, sitting in his South Australian home surrounded by family, McLennan’s first reaction was confusion; courtesy of some poorly-timed technical difficulties.

“We had to project the coverage onto the TV because we don’t have Foxtel so it was cutting in and out,” McLennan told

“I nearly missed my own pick so when my name came up there I didn’t really know if that was right.

“Then Stuart Dew rang so it was all official.

“It was a bit of a shambles.”

Once he knew for sure he was a Gold Coast SUNS player, McLennan couldn’t have been happier.

“I’m absolutely stoked to be on board,” he said.

“Last night was a pretty stressful time, I didn’t sleep at all overnight so it’s just a sigh of relief and I can actually breathe now.”

McLennan joins fellow South Australian teammates Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine at the SUNS.

However the 18-year-old versatile defender already has a connection to the Gold Coast, and always had it in the back of his mind that the SUNS was his destination club of choice.

“I’ve got a lot of family up there and my parents wanted me to come to the SUNS,” McLennan said.

“I’ve got the majority of my dad’s side up there – grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles – a bit of everything.

“Everyone was on board with wanting me to go up there so for it to come true, I just don’t know what to feel and what to say.”

McLennan is a regular frequenter of the Sunshine State, visiting family every Christmas.

He’s a keen surfer, taking advantage of the Gold Coast beaches every time he visits, which is a hobby he shares with some of his new SUNS teammates.

“I got a message from Lachie Weller saying he’s heard that I’m a keen surfer and he can’t wait to get out for a surf with me so that’s pretty cool,” McLennan said.

“It’s a thing that I do to just to get away from things and I don’t really think about too much else when I’m out on the water.”

McLennan will join the full squad on Monday morning for his first day of pre-season, where he’s keen to impress to put himself on the radar to play senior football in 2019.

“First of all I just want to get on the training track and prove myself and then work on my craft a bit more, work on my intercept marking and then hopefully the pieces fall into place,” McLennan said.

“Through hard work hopefully I can get a spot next year.

“The body’s in good nick so I’m keen to get into it.”