The Gold Coast Suns have confirmed they have parted ways with forward Peter Wright as part of a trade deal with Essendon.
The Gold Coast will receive a future fourth round selection in the 2021 AFL Draft in exchange for the 24-year-old.
But it looks like the deal has come at a cost with reports the Suns will have to continue paying for some of Wright’s wage, which is reportedly worth as much as $500,000 a season.
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Wright was signed with the Gold Coast until 2022 but didn’t make a single appearance during the 2020 season as the club as Ben King become the desired man up front.
Despite re-signing with the Suns until 2022 midway through last year, Wright did not make a single appearance during the 2020 season.
It looks like Wright may have gained an extra year in joining the Bombers, with a deal expected to last until 2023.
Essendon had been searching for a tall forward to replace Joe Daniher, who heads to Brisbane.
Peter Wright will continue his career at Essendon after a trade was secured. We thank Pete for his contribution over the last six years at our football club & wish him all the best.
— Gold Coast Suns (@GoldCoastSUNS) November 9, 2020
SUNS General Manager – Football Operations Jon Haines thanked Wright for his service, after playing 66 games for the club over six years and notching up 85 goals.
“Peter has been a popular and respected teammate during his time at the SUNS and we appreciate the contribution he has made,” Haines said.
“We wish Peter and his partner Ellie all the best for what lies ahead.”