Gold Coast has made three changes to the team to take on Essendon on Wednesday night, with Sam Flanders to make his AFL debut.

The 19-year-old has been a consistent performer in recent scratch matches and gets his chance after being taken with pick 11 in the 2019 AFL Draft.

Also coming into the team will be Brayden Fiorini and Josh Corbett, who will play his first AFL match of the season.

The pair have also been two of the most dominant SUNS in the scratch matches with Corbett amongst the best almost every week and Fiorini having a major impact since being omitted from the AFL side in Round 7.

Coming out of the team are forwards Alex Sexton and Nick Holman who have been omitted, and first-year player Jeremy Sharp who will miss with injury.

Sharp has been managing a hip complaint from his debut game last week but is expected to be available moving forward.

Representing Vic Country at the 2019 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, Flanders averaged 22.5 disposals and six tackles to earn All Australian honours.

He becomes Gold Coast’s sixth debutant in 2020 after Sharp, Izak Rankine, Connor Budarick, Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell.

Gold Coast’s Round 11 match against the Bombers at Metricon Stadium gets underway at 7:10pm and will be broadcast on Fox Footy, 7mate (check your local guide), Kayo and the AFL Live Pass.

Round 11 SUNS team v Essendon:


35. Connor Budarick

25. Sam Collins

13. Jack Lukosius


27. Wil Powell

10. Charlie Ballard

5. Jarrod Harbrow


14. Lachie Weller

21. Hugh Greenwood

4. Brandon Ellis


15. Noah Anderson

12. Sam Day

9. Ben Ainsworth


22. Izak Rankine

34. Ben King

19. Josh Corbett


28. Jarrod Witts

24. David Swallow

11. Touk Miller


3. Jack Bowes

8. Brayden Fiorini



23. Sean Lemmens

26. Sam Flanders



6. Alex Sexton

39. Nick Holman



44. Darcy Macpherson

46. Caleb Graham



IN: Flanders, Fiorini Corbett

OUT: Sharp (injured), Sexton (omitted), Holman (omitted)