The Gold Coast Suns have made little to no progress since joining the Australian Football League in 2011.
The AFL’s pet project has failed to make the finals and, despite being awarded a bevy of first-round draft selections in its formative years, has fallen down the ladder instead of climbing it.
After signing the game’s best player, Gary Ablett Jr, there was hope that the expansion team would be able to capture some of the growing Queensland market and deliver on the field.
To date, the club has failed on both fronts. A large majority of its young and senior talent has departed the club, which has sacked two coaches in eight years.
Worst of all, Ablett – the club’s first captain and the best player of the last two decades – left at the end of the 2017 season and returned to Geelong to finish his glorious career.
Is there any hope on the horizon for the Suns? Let’s take a look at where we can find value in this year’s AFL betting markets.
About the Gold Coast Suns
|Home ground:||Metricon Stadium|
|Captains:||Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller|
|2021 ladder finish:||16th (7-15)|
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Updated Gold Coast Suns futures betting
|2022 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$101||$9||T Miller $21||E Hollands $17||L Casboult $101|
|Apr||$151||$9||T Miller $18||E Hollands $101||J Lukosius $151|
|May||$201||$10||T Miller $34||A Davies $101||L Casboult $101|
Best Gold Coast Suns bets for the 2022 AFL season
Where are the best Gold Coast bets in the AFL futures options this year?
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- The Suns have shown some good signs under Stuart Dew, but they are a long way off competing for the premiership. If you’re looking for a roughie, there are plenty of better bets out there.
- The struggles of North Melbourne & Collingwood kept Gold Coast out of the wooden-spoon race last year, but will they be so lucky in 2022? With key forward Ben King already ruled out of the season with an ACL injury, it is left to likes of Touk Miller, Matt Rowell and Jarrod Witts to help the Suns avoid a third wooden spoon.
- Touk Miller’s stocks continue to rise with every game he plays. The now co-captain is deemed a $21 chance to claim the Brownlow Medal in what would be one of the biggest underdog achievements in recent years. Having polled 17 votes last year, including five games where he polled three votes, Miller is certainly in the eye of the umpires. If the Suns can managed eight or nine wins in 2022, then Miller should come right into Brownlow contention.
- With Ben King set to miss the 2022 season through injury, the Suns are set to struggle in front of goal this year. Alex Sexton, Levi Casboult and Jack Lukosius are all deemed $101 chances in Coleman Medal betting, which indicates the obvious lack of a key forward.
Gold Coast Suns 2022 AFL fixture
|1||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||Sunday, March 20||4:40pm|
|2||Melbourne Demons||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, March 26||7:00pm|
|3||GWS Giants||GIANTS Stadium||Saturday, April 2||1:10pm|
|4||Carlton Blues||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, April 10||4:10pm|
|5||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 16||1:45pm|
|6||Brisbane Lions||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, April 24||4:10pm|
|7||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Sunday, May 1||1:10pm|
|8||Sydney Swans||SCG||Saturday, May 7||1:45pm|
|9||Fremantle Dockers||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, May 15||1:40pm|
|10||Western Bulldogs||Mars Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|11||Hawthorn Hawks||TIO Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|12||North Melbourne Kangaroos||TIO Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|14||Adelaide Crows||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|15||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
|16||Collingwood Magpies||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|18||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|20||West Coast Eagles||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|21||Hawthorn Hawks||UTAS Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|22||Geelong Cats||Metricon Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|23||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
Suns players to watch in 2022
All the praise in the world is often thrown toward Jack Lukosius, yet the former #2 draft pick needs to take his game to a whole new level in 2022 in a bid to drag the Suns from the bottom four. His smooth-moving skillset off the half-back line has been a massive asset for the Suns in recent years, however with the lack of a potent goal-kicking threat, the Suns may opt to have him spending more time in the forward line. If all things go to plan, this could be breakout season of Lukosius.
With Ben King out for the season, the goals need to come from someone else and that person looks to be Josh Corbett. Coming off a career-high 23 goal season, the key forward will need to double that output if the Suns are to have a successful season. He kicked four goals in the Suns win against Collingwood at the MCG in Round 7 and with three hauls of three goals last season, Corbett showed the footy world just what he is capable of.
Matt Rowell was a shoo-in for the 2020 Rising Star until he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in round five. His second season was marred by a serious knee injury in Round 1 and despite coming back in the second-half of the season was nowhere near his best. With an injury-free run at it in 2022, we expect a massive season from a future star of the competition.
Gold Coast Suns records
Most matches: Jarrod Harbrow – 175 (2011-present)
Most goals kicked in one match: Tom Lynch – eight (Rd 2, 2018)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Gary Ablett Jr – four (2011-13, 2017)
Most matches as coach: Guy McKenna – 88 (2011-2014)
Most goals in a season: Tom Lynch – 66 (2016)
Most career goals: Tom Lynch – 254 (2011-2018)