The Gold Coast SUNS have made four changes to the team to take on Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As flagged by Senior Coach Stuart Dew in his press conference this morning, Joel Jeffrey will come in to make his AFL debut after kicking 12 goals in the last two weeks at VFL level.

Also coming into the side is ruckman Zac Smith, forward Darcy Macpherson and defender Jy Farrar. 

Oleg Markov will miss the match after injuring his hamstring in last week’s game, while Izak Rankine, Rory Atkins and Caleb Graham have been omitted.

Dew said the match committee was excited to hand Jeffrey his AFL debut.

“The way he has been playing has impressed us, he has put in a really good body of work,” Dew said.

“I think all of us at the club have loved the way he has attacked coming into the full-time environment.

“It is not easy to move away from family and come to a new place, meet new people but from day one he has really put his head down, he has done the work.

“It is a fantastic moment for Joel and us, as a footy club,” Dew said.

First bounce for the Round 20 clash is at 3:10pm at Metricon Stadium, with gates open from 1pm.

Round 20 team v Melbourne:


27. Wil Powell

25. Sam Collins

23. Sean Lemmens


50. Jy Farrar

29. Chris Burgess

10. Charlie Ballard


13. Jack Lukosius

11. Touk Miller

37. Jeremy Sharp


19. Josh Corbett

40. Joel Jeffrey

6. Alex Sexton


44. Darcy Macpherson

34. Ben King

9. Ben Ainsworth


32. Zac Smith

15. Noah Anderson

24. David Swallow


3. Jack Bowes

8. Brayden Fiorini

 26. Sam Flanders


18. Matt Rowell



2. Rory Atkins

7. Will Brodie

30. Alex Davies


46. Caleb Graham