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Thom Roker is an avid AFL fan. He has been writing and podcasting Gold Coast Suns content since 2017, with a focus on Academy players, VFL games, list management and player profiles, as well as the inaugural season of the Suns AFLW team. He has followed the Southport Sharks since they joined the QAFL.

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Rhys Nicholls has a similar skill set to Aiden Fyfe, but had a terrible season. That’s the strange part.

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Sam Taylor is a lock, but none of the others can keep up the level they’ve been playing at for too much longer. Key defenders take several years to develop and now is the time to draft the next Phil Davis while he’s there to mentor someone.

As I said, GWS don’t need Callaghan. For once they don’t need rucks either, but they might like The Scotsman.

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Strangest decision of the Suns so far delisting Fyfe. He averaged 19 disposals and 6 marks as an intercepting rebound defender. Took on a lot of tall forward assignments, including Jamarra Ugle-Hagan in their VFL debut. 7 solid games and straight out the door.

His combine stats were elite last year and he was a chance to go in the open draft. Any club who picks him up will have a player who can step up.

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The Suns have yet to interview all Academy prospects.

I’m not suggesting the Suns did anything wrong. They just timed it oddly. For a reason.

They announced Rosas a day before Budders and Conroy, but last year it was weeks between announcements.

They picked up 5 Academy players last year and 4 in 2019. 2 is unders.

I don’t hate the Casboult idea, but I’m also not certain every rookie is safe.

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Josh Gibcus is the name most Suns fans want read out as key defender is the position of need. But picking 5th means GWS is in the box seat and I’d have to say they have a similar need with their key backs getting past it.

Mac and Mab is a strong possibility.

If it’s Callaghan, then he’s the best consolation prize I could hope for, but we don’t need him and neither does GWS. Maybe Richmond live trades up for him with pick 7 and their future first…

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Thanks for the $h1tpost and attracting a troll, RT.

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They still need all the points they can get if they want to draft anyone meaningful over the next 2 drafts.

If the twins are any good I could imagine someone like Dodoro would make successive bids on them knowing the Dogs were tight for list spots, just like they did with Maurice Rioli Jnr.

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Do you think it is a fair comparison? Carlton has everything to offer players and coaches, whiles the Gold Coast has an empty bank account and maladministration from the AFL. And yet the cultures couldn’t be further apart. Carlton continues to sell the farm to win-now in order to satisfy impatient fans, while the Suns have embarked on a deliberate build to ensure medium to long term success.

Carlton can feel free to live in the past, but the Suns are all about living in the future.

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I wrote my first “Is it time to stick a fork in….” article after round 5 about the Suns and you didn’t raise a hue or cry.

The next week, I put Collingwood to bed, but again nothing from you.

In June, I wrote of Carlton and you wet the bed, making 10 comments out of 53 total. You contradicted yourself many times over and embarrassed yourself. I took pity on you, but you’ve been a campaigner ever since.

You wrote “guest articles”. I guess nobody read them either.

Put a bit more effort in, Macca!

You just seem to be mailing it in.

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Ok Macca. By last count you had one article and I have 68. You reply to everything I write, but got butthurt when I called Carlton’s season early. Ho hum.

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Carlton= October champions

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No, our motto is “Challenge Accepted”, but I prefer “Never Say Die”. Either way, better set up than Carlton, but you keep reading your partisan media and I’ll keep looking at the Suns analysis. We’ll see which is closer to success.

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Pick 3 plus 2 Academy

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I reckon they wait until Freo picks and if they don’t like what they see they’ll trade back. They have to pick in the first round, but not at 10. Maybe they ask the Lions to split 10 for 14 and 18 with something coming back? Don’t think the Lions are going with Academy, but how many kids can they use unless they get up the board and find a kid ready to go?

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2 will go straight to the senior list. After that there is a cat A rookie spot and I believe a cat B rookie spot will be cleared.

Think about it. If the Suns were just able to put 4 rookies on their list, it would be a bad look for the AFL. Too generous. If they do it by stealth, like they did last year, no worries, right?

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Would you take a flyer on his little brother. Given Tom was a rookie pick and Will has had a stuffed drafting period, it couldn’t be a bad move to see if the same genetics turns into the next Poppy.

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Fair call.

Who do you think Freo takes at 6 and 8?

Do you rate Amiss? If he’s gone, would you take Van Rooyen? Maybe both?

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Peter asked how many and I answered. It is 12, including Docherty. I haven’t given an opinion, I was just answering PtS in his erudite question.

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Semantics Macca. You should be better than that.

I wrote you a long explanation of my opinion of Carlton’s trade period that you either didn’t read or didn’t want to reply to.

Shall I publish it again? I wrote it two days ago where only you would likely see it. I’m afraid you won’t be impressed.

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Leave Schache up forward. Send Naughton back. English as ruck forward and JUH as 3rd tall.

Ruck is the position that needs addressing. The rest is Bevo spinning the magnets.

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It’s a good problem to have.

Do you still think Treacy in the midfield is a terrible idea?

Mundy has one or two seasons left and Fyfe could interchange in the forward line.

Think Richo in his latter years or when Jono Brown got a run in the middle.

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Pick 23 is currently the prettiest girl at the dance as far as gettable picks are concerned. It is going cost clubs a fortune to get it, but this could be where Sam Power gets a pick to bank in 2022 for father-sons.

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But it isn’t one bad game, is it? Jones frequently goes missing and teams score heavily on Carlton as a result. Planning for a future without him is the priority. I actually wanted Lewis Young for the Suns, so I don’t think it was a bad acquisition, just that you can’t simply plug him in next to Weitering and Jones and suddenly have a premiership defence.

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I wish you’d make comments like this on all my posts. Very insightful and agree 100%. More please!

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Last year, the Suns prelisted Alex Davies and Joel Jeffrey. Aiden Fyfe and Rhys Nicholls were NOT nominated in the open draft, yet somehow got drafted as rookies. I’d be taking 4 Academy players because they are that good.

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