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 – has 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|
|Captain:||David Swallow, Jarrod Witts|
|2019 ladder finish:||18th|
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Updated Gold Coast Suns futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$251||$23||$1.62||–||M Rowell $3.75||A Sexton $26|
|Feb||$251||$23||$1.62||–||M Rowell $3.75||A Sexton $26|
|Mar||$301||$23||$1.62||B Fiorini $501||M Rowell $3.25||A Sexton $26|
Best Gold Coast Suns bets for the 2020 AFL season
Where are the best Gold Coast bets in the AFL futures options this year?
Click on the tabs below to get more analysis on these key markets:
- Don’t bother. A meteorite is more likely to cause human extinction on planet Earth than Gold Coast is to win the AFL Premiership in 2019. Spend your money elsewhere, for this club is years away from competing to play finals, let alone premierships.
- The Suns will start the season paying $23 to make the eight, so don’t even bother looking at that end of the ladder. Any team that has no players – not one – quoted in Sportsbet’s early markets for the Brownlow Medal is in real strife. Gold Coast won the wooden spoon last year and will defend that title in 2020.
- This is one area where the Suns should dominate this season. If Matt Rowell, Izak Rankine and Noah Anderson fail to win nominations for the AFL Rising Star, something has gone horribly wrong at the Metricon.
- One of precious few bright spots for the Suns last year was the development of Alex Sexton, who finished the season with 39 goals. Now the senior man in the Gold Coast forward line, he may sneak into Coleman Medal contention if he can turn those regular three-goal hauls into fours and fives.
Gold Coast Suns 2020 AFL fixture
|1||Port Adelaide Power||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, March 21||6:25pm|
|2||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Sunday, March 29||12:10pm|
|3||Sydney Swans||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, April 5||4:40pm|
|4||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Saturday, April 11||4:35pm|
|5||Melbourne Demons||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, April 18||1:10pm|
|6||GWS Giants||UNSW Canberra Oval||Sunday, April 26||1:10pm|
|7||Adelaide Crows||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, May 2||1:45pm|
|8||Western Bulldogs||Mars Stadium||Saturday, May 9||1:45pm|
|9||West Coast Eagles||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, May 16||2:10pm|
|10||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||Saturday, May 23||7:25pm|
|11||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, May 31||1:10pm|
|12||Hawthorn Hawks||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, June 6||4:35pm|
|13||St Kilda Saints||TIO Stadium||Saturday, June 13||4:35pm|
|15||Melbourne Demons||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Saturday, June 27||1:45pm|
|16||Carlton Blues||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, July 5||1:10pm|
|17||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Sunday, July 12||1:10pm|
|18||Richmond Tigers||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, July 10||2:10pm|
|19||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Saturday, July 25||2:10pm|
|20||Fremantle Dockers||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, August 2||4:40pm|
|21||Sydney Swans||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, August 8||7:25pm|
|22||Brisbane Lions||Metricon Stadium||Saturday, August 15||7:25pm|
|23||Collingwood Magpies||Melbourne Cricket Ground||TBA||TBA|
Suns players to watch in 2020
Rankine arrived on the Gold Coast as a hot prospect but missed the entire 2019 season through injury. The South Australian is an agile, matured-bodied midfielder who will be desperate to make up for lost time.
King is another high draft pick that came into 2019 with some injury issues, but the big forward showed plenty in his 14 games last year. With Tom Lynch long gone, Big Ben is exactly what the Suns need inside 50.
There is no denying Greenwood’s sporting instincts and athletic prowess, but we never saw the best of him on a consistent basis at Adelaide. It will be interesting to see how the former basketballer fits into Stuart Dew’s plans.
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)
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