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 seven 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:||David Swallow, Jarrod Witts|
|2020 ladder finish:||14th (5-11)|
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Updated Gold Coast Suns futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$67||$3.50||M Rowell $23||M Rowell $1.30||B King $26|
|Apr||$67||$5||M Rowell $51||M Rowell $41||B King $13|
|May||$101||$11||T Miller $41||M Rowell $51||B King $15|
|Jun||$251||$81||M Rowell $251||M Rowell $18||B King $18|
|Jul||$501||$81||M Rowell $251||M Rowell $34||B King $13|
|Aug||–||–||B Ellis $501||J Sharp $51||B King $34|
Best Gold Coast Suns bets for the 2021 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 Adelaide and North Melbourne kept Gold Coast out of the wooden-spoon race last year, but will they be so lucky in 2021? If any of their gun players miss some footy this year, the Suns could be in for another very long season.
- Having blitzed his first few games of AFL footy before a shoulder injury cut short his maiden campaign, Matt Rowell is an unbackable favourite in the Rising Star betting this year. If you look past him in the market for the Gold Coast, then you’ve gone too far.
- He is still a work in progress, but Ben King has all the attributes required to be one of the best key forwards in the competition. If he gets a few on the board early in the season, who knows what might happen? There are worse bets out there in the Coleman Medal market.
Suns players to watch in 2021
Izak Rankine made a huge impression in his maiden AFL campaign, bamboozling opponents with his lightning feet and silky skills. He might find it a little tougher in 2021 now that the rest of the competition has had a look at him, but expect some highlights nonetheless.
Ben King has shown in a season and a half of AFL footy that he is exactly what Gold Coast needed after Tom Lynch’s move to Richmond. With a huge reach and clean hands both in the air and on the deck, this guy could be absolutely anything.
Matt Rowell was a shoo-in for the 2020 Rising Star until he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in round five. Here’s hoping he can stay on the park, because what he showed in five games last year should have Suns fans – and footy fans in general – very excited.
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)