Suns place high price on AFL draft bounty

Gold Coast will listen to offers for any of their early AFL draft picks but would need to be blown away to part with any.


Gold Coast will listen to trade offers for their early draft picks, but Suns list manager Craig Cameron has warned potential suitors they'll need to back up the truck to shake one loose.

The Suns hold selections two, three and six and can trade them to clubs looking to move up the order until the 2pm deadline on Friday, November 16, and then again on draft night after the AFL introduced live trading of selections this year.

With talented South Australian youngsters Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine and Connor Rozee expected to be snapped up early, Adelaide and Port Adelaide can jump up the order to have a crack at the home grown talent thanks to the new rules.

But if they - or any other club - want any of Gold Coast's picks, they better come with a Godfather offer.

"It would have to be pretty extraordinary," Cameron told AAP.

"We'd be crazy not to listen to opportunities but with three selections in the top six it's pretty hard to imagine why we'd want to move any of those.

"The first seven or eight players in this draft are pretty good, so our ability to walk away with three of them is pretty appealing to us."

While the Suns already hold a strong draft hand they could potentially look to initiate a trade of their own.

Carlton haven't ruled out parting with the No.1 pick, with Geelong Falcons star midfielder Sam Walsh widely tipped to be the first player taken.

Cameron is guarded about his club's intentions, but said the likely price tag of two of the Suns' early picks in return for No.1 would be too steep to consider.

Cameron admits his phone hasn't been running hot with trade enquiries and doesn't expect that to change before Friday's deadline, with clubs now intent on waiting until draft night to make any bold plays.

"There's a lot of scuttlebutt around whether we've got any interest in trading some of our early selections, but we haven't really taken many calls," he said.

"There's been a little bit of feeling out from clubs down the order, but not a lot.

"I'm pretty confident that we'll go to the draft with the selections that we've got now ... then we'll just see what happens on the night."

The first round of the draft will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 22, at Marvel Stadium, with the remaining rounds to be held the next day.


AAP

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