1000% agreeThere's more than you think. You can add Brayden Crossley, Brad Scheer, Mackenzie Willis and former academy member Kwaybe Boakye to that playing list as well. No doubt they'll be very determined to prove a point when we play them this season.
This was one of the positive outcomes that was expected when the northern academies were established. It was assumed the local clubs which compete in the levels below our AFL side would benefit from greatly from former academy members who choose to stay and you can see the majority of ex Suns on Southport's list come from our academy. It's nice to see ex players who hail from other states like Ryan Davis (NSW), Matt Shaw (VIC), Seb Tape (SA) and Mackenzie Willis (TAS) have also elected to stay on the GC and that kind of commitment will continue to raise the overall standard of local footy here. The same goes for our former coaches like Daniel, Primus, Lappin and even Malceski (Labrador) in the pursuit of raising the standard of local football on the Gold Coast. It's a massive positive not only for the local league but also for our future players because they'll be exposed to a much higher level of teammate/coach at a younger age.