The Gold Coast SUNS have drafted Wallis Randell with the club’s final selection in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, at pick 61 overall.

Hailing from Mackay, Randell has formerly represented Queensland in basketball and has impressed with her transition to football.

A running defender with great awareness, Randell has shown she has the tools to succeed and was quickly recruited into the SUNS Academy when she made the code-switch.

The 19-year-old joined Bond University for the 2019 season, starting in the development team before nailing down a spot in the QAFLW side for the remaining six games of the year.

In 2020 she was a regular QAFLW player, reaching 13 games for the season including three games where she was named in the best players.

Despite being relatively new to the game, Randell has adapted quickly to football, earning her chance on the SUNS AFLW list for 2021.

She represented the SUNS Academy in the NAB AFLW All Stars match on the weekend and contributed in the one-point victory.

Randell becomes the club’s third player to come out of Mackay after Lauren Bella and Emma Pittman.