Yeah that lifestyle of beaches, long sunny days, fishing, partying, tourism, boats, holiday resorts is not conducive to the growth of a strange footy code born in a coolish southern State!
Not convinced that would make much difference to the revolving door of players going home. What prodigious junior talent would want to realise his afl dreams playing his career out on the GC , whatever way you look at it , it fails to add upJust call them Southport Sharks. Who gives a fu** about the GC name.
Lynch signed for less money than what GC offered him according to reports at the timeThe problem has never been draft picks for the Suns. Its been their slim list concessions when compared to the Giant's. They were required to reduce their list by 8 players and $1 mil of additional salary cap in the space of 4 seasons. This meant trading talent on the cheap and being left with a tight cap making the retention of Prestia/O'Meara/Lynch near impossible, even if they wanted to stay, as they were paying average players above average salaries just to meet the minimum cap spending. Whereas the Giants list concessions will end this season, 8 years after their inception and they had the bonus $1 mil for an extra season meaning they could afford to forward contracts for players like Ward/Shaw/Davis and still retain the younger players like Cameron/Coniglio/Kelly etc. Draft concessions only work if they're matched by list concessions, otherwise gifting the Suns picks will only result in the same player exodus that the Lion's faced. Another option would be for the AFL to adjust to the minimum cap spending to allow more flexibility for clubs (which would probably be opposed by the AFLPA, though if they get past their inflated ego's they'll realise a competitive team on the Gold Coast will strengthen the next media deal and increase their pay because right now its a loss for broadcasters to televise the Suns). Leave the drafts alone and give the Suns an additional squad size, a matching salary cap boost and first access to DFAs. They can choose to sign some mature heads or they could choose to take advantage of the salary increase and try to lure a big fish. Either way its more sustainable for their list than just gifting them Pick 1 or 19.
Might help some However it wallpapers over inherent cultural problems that don’t lend itself to young players seeing a long term career at the club . I don’t think it’s $$$ that will persuade Rankine and luscious decision in 12m timeThey should give the suns another $2 million in the salary cap, and let the free agent system work itself out
How long would it take to scrub the Carlton out of him?
Besides he can't even get into the Crows side!
Meanwhile the shorter and lighter Nankervis is seemingly fine. The more I'm seeing of Chol at AFL level the more comfortable I am with him being the back up with CCJ the longer term number 1 and Nankervis to be an eventual replacement for Jack as a deep forward.Soldo undersized?
Hes 204cm and 106kgs
Pretty obvious what Gold Coast are trying to do, the clear top 2 picks this year are best mates, so if they are able to land both of them then it will help keep them up there together.'I will become a 6000-pound gorilla on this': Suns to ask for No.1 pick