THE Gold Coast Suns have a new recruit, picking up an exciting new midfielder in last night’s 2020 AFL Draft.
Young Victorian Elijah Hollands was secured at pick seven after the club’s fifth selection was pushed back when the Western Bulldogs matched the Adelaide Crows bid for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan with the first pick of the night.
The Sydney Swans then matched Hawthorn’s bid at pick six for academy product Braeden Campbell.
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Hollands will know a few familiar faces when he arrives on the Gold Coast after playing with 2019 draftee Sam Flanders for Victoria Country in last year’s National championships.
He also trained with last year’s number one draft pick Matt Rowell and number two Noah Anderson at the Oakleigh Chargers.
Hollands is a 189cm midfielder who can also go forward. The Gold Coast have said he is a player who has “genuine impact on games, kicks goals, takes the ball forward and out of stoppages, and wants to have it in his hands in the big moments”.
Hollands said he can’t wait to join the growing Suns outfit next week.
“The feeling is pure elation,” Hollands said.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do for such a long time and to have that achieved now and to get the opportunity to play AFL Footy I’m over the moon.
Amongst all the excitement Hollands expressed his admiration for his new teammates and the club.
“I’m absolutely thrilled, Gold Coast has an unbelievable young core group of players and to be able to mix in with them and get stuck into work with them over the summer, I’m just truly thrilled.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into it.”
National Recruiting Manager Kall Burns was thrilled to have such a high-quality young man join the football club.
“Elijah is a player we’ve had a really high opinion of for a long time and we’re ecstatic to have him at the Suns,” Burns said.
“He’s a powerful footballer on field that this is great ball user and compliments our list but importantly he’s also a quality young man who comes from a great family.”
The club will head into Thursday morning’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft with three selections, but have already committed to redrafting Jack Hombsch and Jordan Murdoch.