GC Suns secure triple treat at AFL Draft

The Gold Coast Suns have secured three of the country’s best six young players in the first round of the AFL Draft in Melbourne.

The club secured South Australian’s Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine with picks 2 and 3 before selecting key position player, Ben King, with the sixth overall pick.

Lukosius was quick to highlight his excitement at having his dreams come true when his name was called out.


“It’s an awesome feeling I’ve always dreamt of getting drafted and can’t wait to get up there,” Lukosius told SUNS TV.

“It’s a big relief hearing my name called out, I can’t wait to get stuck into training on Monday and meet all the boys.”

Touted as arguably the most exciting player in this year’s draft, Rankine was ecstatic with the opportunity to begin his AFL career.

“It’s pretty surreal, a dream come true. I’m excited to be here and excited to start my new chapter,” said Rankine.

“I’m hoping to bring some X-factor and really try to help push the team forward.”

King expressed his excitement at moving to the Gold Coast and getting stuck into training early next week.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and the people they’ve brought in, I just can’t wait to get up to the club and be a part of it,” King said.

“I can’t wait to get into it next week, get my body football ready and hopefully have an impact next year.”

The club still holds two selections in the second round, currently picks 27 & 32 and selection 75 in the fifth round, with all remaining selections to be made on Friday afternoon.

Pick 2 – Jack Lukosius

A key forward with an ability to shift a game with his athleticism, running ability, footy smarts and elite ball use, Jack Lukosius has performed well and proven himself at senior level all year. The 195cm prospect is a natural player who reads the game well, and uses his burst of speed to get off the mark and away from opponents. He’s one of the best kicks to come through the draft in recent years – around the ground and with his goalkicking.

Pick 3 – Izak Rankine

Rankine has been touted as arguably the most exciting player in this year’s draft pool. The South Australian debuted at SANFL level as a 16-year-old and was named as an All Australian the past two years, the only player in this year’s draft to earn such honours. Rankine showed his pace and movement at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, when he won the agility test with a time of 8.039 seconds and came third overall in the 20-metre sprint, running 2.93 seconds.

Pick 6 – Benjamin King

The most versatile key position player in the draft pool, Ben King has proven he can be a force at both ends of the ground. The 202cm prospect kicked 11 goals in his first game as a key forward this year after predominately playing most of his football as a key defender. King is also extremely athletic for his size, running the 20-metre sprint in 2.97 seconds at the NAB AFL Draft Combine. He is excellent at ground level and was able to consistently compete and threaten in the forward line for Vic Metro at the Under-18 Championships.