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Getting their kicks: Our top kick-in experts

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28:  Jarrod Harbrow of the Suns kicks during the round 19 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Carlton Blues at Metricon Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images/AFL Media) have analysed our kick-in experts and taken a look at who could be taking on the role in 2019. 

2018 LEADERS: Steven May (94 kick-ins - 30.3% of team), Jarrod Harbrow (77 kick-ins - 24.8% of team)

It was pretty simple for the Suns last season – May kicked it long and Harbrow kicked it short. The two experienced defenders were responsible for more than 50 per cent of Gold Coast's kick-ins and statistics showed than Harbrow playing on, followed by a short kick was its most effective strategy to transition the ball from the defensive 50. May often took the safer route, pumping the ball long down the line to create a contest.


With May gone, something has to change. Most defenders have tried kicking in at Suns training so far but you can expect Harbrow and Pearce Hanley to do a bulk of the kick-ins. Both men love to play-on – which will be aided by the new rules – and both are clever with their short kicks. When Hanley is further afield, Jesse Joyce is another strong candidate to take the responsibility. The young Queenslander is calm under pressure and is one of the most accurate kicks at the club. 

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